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College Performance


The College was inspected by Ofsted in January 2020 and was graded a Grade 3 – “requires improvement”. This is as per our own self-assessment, which we submitted to Ofsted late last year.

The report confirms many of the strengths they identified in their initial feedback.

  • Our strong and unique relationships with regional and national employers were praised during our verbal feedback. The report further acknowledges that our employer links are helping to support our teachers in updating their vocational skills and they make particular mention of our motor vehicle employer connections having a positive impact on employability prospects for apprentices.
  • Our learners and apprentices feel safe and enjoy coming to college, praising its pleasant and welcoming environment. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
  • Student behaviour is positive and they are eager to learn. They are studious, listen to their teachers and follow instructions well.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge that they use well to plan courses logically and to provide clear explanations of topics.
  • Learners have access to effective, impartial careers information and advice to help them plan their next steps. The College now must focus on effective promotion of this provision.
  • Our governing body is well-qualified, highly experienced and understand their roles well.

The very fact that our self-assessment fell in line with Ofsted’s findings is a strength in itself. They cited our accurate evaluation of the curriculum as a positive.

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

Nottingham College has been awarded with the highest level of judgements possible by the Quality Assurance Agency, recognising the college’s impressive academic achievements at HE level.

The review identified no specific improvements for the College to make, only areas of development to further strengthen its offer.

For more information about the Quality Assurance Agency and The QAA Higher Education Quality Review, please visit:

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