Search

Head of Redbridge College blames damning Ofsted report on “economics” of the area

16:45 20 August 2014

Chief executive of Redbridge College, Theresa Drowley

Chief executive of Redbridge College, Theresa Drowley

Archant

The head of Redbridge College has defended its teaching standards and success rates after a damning Ofsted report highlighted a catalogue of failings.

Inspectors ruled that the college, which offers vocational courses, “requires improvement” overall following their visit in June.

The report states: “The proportion of students that successfully completes qualifications, whilst improving slowly, is below the national average. Too few students aged 16 to 18 stay to the end of their course.”

It also found that “teaching, learning and assessment are not consistently good across the college”, while “teachers do not have high enough expectations of students”.

Finished

Chief executive, Theresa Drowley, said inspectors failed to take into account the “economics of the area” and the changes in senior management over the year.

She said: “When the inspectors came in May it was the Spring Bank Holiday and students across the college who had finished their work had got sufficient UCAS points to go to university, so many of them went away to earn some money to save for university.”

Mrs Drowley added: “It’s disappointing Ofsted couldn’t see the economy of the area.

“They think we should keep students until July but I can’t blame them if they need to earn some money before going to university with tuition fees at £9,000 a year.”

The inspection report also found that pass rates in English and mathematics at the college, which is based in Barley Lane, Chadwell Heath, were below par.

Mrs Drowley said: “We have the students for 12 months. We can’t be expected to right the negatives that come from 12 years of education at other schools in one year.

“However, we accept we could do better and we will be 
addressing this.”

There were also a number of areas where the college was performing well, including the proportion of students that go on to university and extra support given to pupils who need it most.

Out of 314 UCAS applications at the college, 231 have been 
accepted on to university courses, with 28 yet to secure a place through clearing.

Mrs Drowley said she is confident about the future.

“We are on target to prove them (Ofsted) wrong. Our success rates are going up” she said.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 12:00
Househunter turned employee Jess Rodgers

It’s not every day a visit to a housing development turns into a new job – but that’s what happened to one 26-year-old from South Woodford.

Yesterday, 09:00
Disaster Chef Laura Grant

A marketing professional with a terrible track record in the kitchen has been named one of the most hopeless cooks in Britain.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Barkingside's Make Believe Panto

The stars of Barkingside’s Make Believe performing arts company took part in their Christmas pantomime last week.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Artist Lucy Harrison at the free motion sewing event at Regent Home of Sewing in Ilford

The Ilford Palais nightclub, the Ilford Hippodrome and Fairchilds department store were all famous landmarks in the borough which have now been resigned to history.

Most read news

After weeks of challenges and cringeworthy boardroom showdowns, Lord Sugar made a decision – and Twitter was watching.

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition