Ofsted Inspection

Ofsted Inspection 2018 • College based courses


Ofsted Good
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 and further improving the work we do with employers. These are all key areas that enable our learners to develop the skills they need to enter employment or progress to higher education.
I am delighted that Ofsted officials recognised the ‘Good’ standard of A-level provision being delivered at our new South Sefton Campus and it is equally rewarding to see that our 14-16 College provision was also graded as ‘Good’ by the inspection team.
At all Hugh Baird College campuses, we set high standards for the behaviour of our students and we pride ourselves on our inclusive and supportive culture, these themes also shine through in our latest inspection report.


We were inspected by Ofsted from: February 26th to March 1st, 2018. Below are the inspection grades for our college based courses:


The way we run and manage the college

What Ofsted said about us:

“The governors, principal and senior leaders are committed to an ambitious vision to provide a high standard of education and training.”
“The College promotes a highly inclusive ethos where learners are tolerant of each other.”

The quality of our teaching

What Ofsted said about us:

“Lecturers plan and execute learning well to motivate and challenge learners to reach their potential.”
“Lecturers develop high-quality learning materials that help learners to grasp key concepts in lessons.”

The way we look after and develop our students

What Ofsted said about us:

“Learners gain jobs with companies locally, nationally and internationally.”
“Learners gain extra qualifications and certificates. These enhance their opportunities for employment, promotion and further study.”

The achievements of our students

What Ofsted said about us:

“The proportion of learners who progress into employment that relates to their programme of study is high.”
“Learners make good progress in their study programmes and develop their practical skills effectively.”

16-19 year old Study Programmes

What Ofsted said about us:

“Lecturers use their industrial expertise and knowledge well to develop learners’ practical skills and prepare them for work.”
“Learners enjoy enrichment activities and meaningful high-quality work experience. As a result, they develop a good understanding of the world of work.”

Our adult courses

What Ofsted said about us:

“Learners are proud of their work and develop increased levels of confidence and self-esteem as a result of their learning.”
“Learners benefit from supportive feedback from lecturers which challenges and encourages most of them to improve the standard of their work.”

Our provision for students with high needs

What Ofsted said about us:

“Learners develop good relationships with staff. As a result, they gain confidence and take pride in their work and make gradual but important steps towards independence.”
“At Thornton College, managers invest in specialist equipment. As a result, learners are further enabled to overcome their barriers to independence.”

Our 14-16 College

What Ofsted said about us:

“Learners gain good practical skills in their vocational lessons, preparing them well for further studies and employment.”
“Full-time learners aged 14 to 16, who often join the college with a very low starting point and have often been disengaged from education for some time, make good progress from their starting points.”

Find out more

If you want to find out more about our inspection report, call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk.