College named 6th Form College of the year
WINSTANLEY College, won 6th Form
College of the year 2017, at a glittering, black tie event hosted by comedian Rob
Beckett on Friday night.
The judges from the TES (Times Education Supplement) felt that Winstanley
College's "sheer range of good practice", and the extensive evidence that
it was going above and beyond to support its local community, gave it the edge
in this competitive category.
Winstanley College has been rated "outstanding" by Ofsted since 2000,
with its most recent full inspection taking place in 2007. Standards have
remained high, with impressive outcomes for students. More than 90% are highly
satisfied with their experience at the college, and applications have increased
by 28% since 2009. Students often progress to leading universities, with about
40% taking up places at Russell Group institutions every year, and an overall
progression rate of 85%.
The college delivers access programmes for more than 150, 6th form students
every year; for its own learners and those from nearby 6th forms. In
partnership with local schools, it runs a programme for academically able
students who might not otherwise aspire to further academic study. Winstanley
College has also established a peer review and development group with other
6th form colleges to facilitate joint lesson observations, self-assessment and
CPD. The partnership has supported all the colleges to achieve "good" or
"outstanding" Ofsted ratings.
The judges said that Winstanley College was:- "extremely impressive and at
the top of the category. Its range, impact and reach was very good."
Their victory was witnessed by over 600 people, gathered to celebrate the
sector's achievements, at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor
House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Friday, 24 February 2017.