Inspection Summary October 2008
Ofsted inspected Reigate College in October 2008 and concluded once again that the College is an ‘outstanding provider of education for 16-19 year olds’. With achievements at their highest level ever Reigate College has become one of the most successful colleges in the UK. The Ofsted inspection team were glowing in their praise, using the terms "outstanding" and "exemplary" on sixteen occasions in their summary alone!
What makes Reigate College so special, according to Ofsted, is that "teaching is of a high standard (and) the support given to students to ensure they reach their potential is exemplary, as is the personal care and guidance they receive".
Not surprisingly, the Ofsted report focuses on the exceptional achievements by the students, describing them as "significantly above the high sixth form college national average" noting that "all groups of students achieve well, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, learning needs or prior attainment".
In July 2008 the College was awarded Beacon Status by the government - an accolade that recognises "excellence and innovation" in teaching and learning.
The standard of the College campus, accommodation and the quality of resources available to students was another highlight of the inspection with students benefiting from "excellent access to computing and other resources".
Principal Dr Paul Rispoli who was Principal at the time the report was published, commented ‘Students know that when they come to Reigate College they have a choice of subjects and courses that they can't get at school. We have high expectations of our students and they don't let us down. Our secret? The right courses, great teaching and a genuine belief amongst all our staff that every student matters’.
Please click here to read the full Ofsted 2008 report.
Please click here to read the Ofsted 2005 report.
For more information about Ofsted see http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/