West Thames College was praised during the Ofsted visit November 2017 for its positive and welcoming ethos and good student behaviour. “Learners feel happy, safe and enjoy their time at the college immensely,” the inspectors observed, describing students as “respectful and courteous”.

West Thames College delivers high quality vocational training to 14-16 year olds, 16-19 year olds, adults and higher education courses (not included in the inspection) from two sites, London Road, Isleworth and the Skills + Logistics Centre, Feltham. Students on the 16-19 programmes of study and adults were recognised as having good practical skills and produced work above the expected level. In addition staff had excellent links with employers and other partners to provide opportunities for students and to improve their employment prospects.

Staff at the college were described as well-qualified and it was noted that they make “effective use of high-quality, industry-standard” resources. Most importantly teachers were commended for ensuring that students develop the essential skills that employers need.

The quality of adult learning programmes was assessed as good, with adult provision being planned very effectively so that “it meets well the needs of local employers”. Another area of strength highlighted in the report was the careers advice and ongoing guidance offered to pupils, which effectively prepares students for their next step.

A number of areas for improvement were identified, specifically around the need to improve English and maths results and the need to set higher expectations for our more able students.

Although disappointed with the overall requires improvement grade, the college Principal, Tracy Aust and the Governors have a clear vision of the future and are preparing a plan to swiftly address the areas of concern. As noted by Chair of Governors, Simon Wilcox, “West Thames is a good college and remains so.”

Finally everyone at the college was pleased that the hard work they had done to ensure that students felt safe and had a good understanding of British values was widely recognised and will form the foundation of our future success.

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