Bridgwater College and Somerset College merged in June 2016. Ofsted state that “once a college undergoes a merger it no longer has an Ofsted rating, until they are re-inspected within three years.”
However, rest assured, prior to the merger, Bridgwater College was deemed outstanding and Somerset College was good with outstanding features. Since merger, we have been rated as Outstanding in the areas that Ofsted have inspected, care standards and the childcare centre.
The previous inspection of Bridgwater College by Ofsted prior to merger, found that students achieved excellent standards and the quality of provision was outstanding. In the report, the inspectors summarised:
“The College provides outstanding education and training and fulfils its mission to inspire learners to achieve success. Leadership and management are focused on ensuring that all learners fulfil their potential. The College is committed to the continuous improvement of teaching and learning and there are very effective mechanisms in place to ensure this happens.”
“Learners are set challenging targets and receive exceptional support to help them achieve these targets. The curriculum provides an excellent mix of vocational and academic qualifications. The College takes very great care to ensure that learners are on the right course and settle in well. Overall success rates for all learners are outstanding compared to similar colleges. Their achievement of high grades is exceptional and well above national averages for similar colleges.”
Copies of the Ofsted reports are available on the Ofsted website.