York College has received a letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, congratulating students and staff on their outstanding Ofsted grade in December 2013. Sir Michael said: “The judgement of outstanding means that you are exceptional and significant elements of your work are exemplary. I do not underestimate the considerable hard work, expertise and commitment it takes to achieve outstanding provider status. Please accept my warmest congratulations on achieving this very high standard of practice.”
At the time of the inspection York College became just the fourth General Education College in the country to be awarded Outstanding since a notoriously tough new inspection framework was put in place in September 2013. Ofsted inspectors commented on the College’s outstanding success rates for students studying at all levels, which have been consistently above national averages for the five years, as well as outstanding student progression into higher-level study and employment. The College’s exceptionally positive and productive partnership work with local schools, employers and other organisations across the region also received a special mention, as did the contribution made by students to the local community. The outstanding care and support provided to students in order to help them reach their full potential was praised during the inspection, and the areas of Maths, Engineering, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Teaching and Lecturing were also all judged to be ‘Outstanding’.
Alison Birkinshaw, Principal and Chief Executive of York College, said: “We know that everyone at York College works extremely hard to make sure students progress as well as they can. In light of the Ofsted judgement I must particularly pay tribute to the achievements of students at York College, the tremendous work of all staff, and the support we have received from parents, our local community, partners and employers.”