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Inspection Results

Ofsted Inspection
Yana Williams

Yana Williams,
Principal and Chief Executive

"Our latest Ofsted Inspection Report reflects our passion and commitment to the development of the students who choose to come to Hugh Baird College. It also supports the continuous improvement strategies we have put in place as we strive to achieve ‘Outstanding’ status. Since we were last inspected we have focused on raising teaching and learning standards, improving GCSE maths and English and the work we do with employers. As an organisation, we have long been known as a college that cares about the wellbeing and safety of our student body and I am delighted that the Inspectors identified this as one of our major strengths."

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We were inspected by Ofsted from:

2nd to 6th February, 2015.

Inspection Grades

Overall effectiveness Good - 2
Quality for learners Good - 2
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good - 2
Effectiveness of leadership and management Good - 2

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Ofsted Report

How do we compare?

In England, during 2014-15

  • We are 1 of only 13 colleges (41%) graded 'good' or better.
  • We are 1 of only 12 colleges (38%) graded ‘good’.

In the North West of England, during 2014/15:

  • We are 1 of only 2 colleges (33%) who have been graded as ‘good’.
  • 0 colleges have been graded as 'outstanding'.

Information correct at time of publication.

Ofsted Grades

Inspection grades of colleges in England during 2014/15.

Outcomes for learners... What Ofsted said:

"Over the past three years, the proportion of learners on college-based programmes achieving their qualification successfully has risen, and it is now high."
"Learners’ development of a wide range of skills in English and mathematics within their vocational subject is good."
"Learners behave well in classes, in their subject areas and around college. They take pride in studying at the college and feel very safe."

"Teachers focus well on preparing learners for employment."
"Learners often make very good progress on their courses. Based on their attainment before coming to the college, many exceed their expected progress. Learners’ work is often good or better and most develop good skills, especially relating to their vocational studies."
"Learners aged 14 to 16 gain good levels of confidence, and many take up their learning and career aspirations again in a positive way after troubled times at school."

The quality of

and assessment

"Good teaching and learning are prevalent for much of the provision, leading to good outcomes for learners overall."
"Enthusiastic teachers make good use of their extensive occupational experience to develop learners’ skills and prepare them well for future study and employment."
"Teachers’ development of learners’ English and mathematics skills within most vocational learning is good. Learners understand the importance of acquiring good skills to prepare them for the workplace."
"Learners benefit from a number of good opportunities to learn more widely about their subject."
"Teachers place continual emphasis on the development of learners’ broader employment skills, for example, leadership skills and working effectively within a team. Work-related tasks and activities are a key feature of much practical learning."
"Highly effective additional help for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is quickly available. Learning assistants, who support learners with sensory or complex needs, work productively with teachers to ensure these learners make good progress."
"The majority of learners benefit from well-planned learning delivered at a good pace."

What our learners say

Lizzy Maitland

Lizzy Maitland
"Hugh Baird College really helped me realise my dream. The facilities are great and the staff really care about you. My teachers supported me and gave me advice and tips when I was applying for my first role in the industry."

Sean Sorrell

Sean Sorrell
"I enjoyed everything about college. I made new friends, developed new skills and was introduced to some of the country’s top chefs. What the college has done for me is life changing. I will always be grateful to it."

Vicky Parkes

Vicky Parkes
"I really enjoyed my time at the College. I progressed from level to level and this was down to the encouragement of my tutors and the other support the college provided. The college also gave me good information on what I could do after leaving college."

Sean Reece

Sean Reece
"My tutors were excellent, very knowledgeable and were always willing to help. They gave me advice on my application for Jaguar Land Rover and the ‘hands on’ aspect of my course made sure I had the skills to hit the ground running."

What employers say

"I have worked with Hugh Baird College for over two years now and what strikes me is the level of commitment and desire its staff have when it comes to ensuring the success of their learners. The students I’ve worked with are polite, respectful and really want to learn. These are qualities that their tutors have helped to instil in them.
I have employed two students from the College and I have to say that they really did hit the ground running. Not just with their hand skills, but also, and more importantly, in their work ethic and attitude. As an employer, that’s what I look for first. Hugh Baird College is a college on the up and I am delighted to be a part of that journey."

Nigel Haworth

Michelin-starred chef-proprietor of Northcote

"We have worked with Hugh Baird College for a number of years, and the service we have received has been exceptional on every occasion. Whenever we have a training need, we pick up the phone and call Hugh Baird College.
They are key partners to ensuring the continuous professional development of our staff. Regular meetings take place in their Business Development Centre and staff think innovatively about the training solutions they can provide.
I was delighted to hear about their “Good” grading from Ofsted and would have no hesitation in recommending their service to another employer."

Chris Welch

HMRC Assistant Officer / Learning Rep

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Download our Ofsted Inspection February 2015 - 'The Highlights' booklet (PDF):