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Askham Bryan Praised as “Outstanding” in Ofsted Report

Date: 21st March 2019

Askham Bryan College has received a glowing Ofsted report with inspectors awarding the highest status of “Outstanding” across the board.

The specialist land-based college has six centres across the North of England including at York and Newton Rigg in Cumbria.

The report, which has just been published, focuses on the overall experiences and progress of residential students, including their view of college life, how well they are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers.

Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive an outstanding grade across all categories. This is a huge achievement and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and their commitment to our students.”

The report says that the College provides highly effective services and that its actions contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for young people. Its leadership is described as “exceptional.”

Inspectors note that students “live in a welcoming, friendly and secure campus” …. “they feel safe, and also more confident and independent through living away from home.”

It recognises that the support students receive has a big impact on their all-round development, stating that the students are “confident, polite, hard working and respectful young people who have a clear idea about their future. They have vastly improved results, attendance and retention figures.”

Mention is also made of their increased access to work experience and the benefit of extra-curricular work and study activities.

Student behaviour is said to be “exemplary.” Inspectors also note that the principles of inclusion, equality and diversity are at the heart of college life, with a strong safeguarding culture.

The College’s management team is described as “forward thinking” with staff working as a “cohesive motivated team” with the welfare and development of students at the heart of their practice.

The strong established links with industry and employers are also highlighted as an important factor in increasing students’ employability and the college’s work in applied research projects is acknowledged.

Askham Bryan College has around 5,000 students studying a wide range of courses from agriculture to sport and from engineering to horticulture

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