Ofsted says Shuttleworth outcomes Outstanding for students

Friday 13 December 2013

Shuttleworth College has been praised by Ofsted for ensuring “outstanding” outcomes for young people.

In a care standards report published early in December, the college was determined to be Good for Overall Effectiveness and Outstanding in Outcomes and Safeguarding. The inspection report was on the Shuttleworth halls of residence for students at the agricultural and land-based learning centre in Old Warden. Outstanding is defined as: A service of exceptional quality that significantly exceeds minimum requirements.

Shuttleworth was taken over by Bedford College in August 2009 and since then has flourished, taking in more students and benefiting from an investment of more than £5 Million in key areas.

Long-standing Director Mike Johnston said: “We are really very proud to receive such praise from Ofsted particularly in the areas about outcomes which show that we are preparing young people for the world of work, and in safeguarding meaning they are protected whilst in our care. This is fantastic news at the end of very successful year.”

The report pointed to the involvement of Bedford College and its team: “While clearly maintaining their own identity Shuttleworth students continue to benefit from the integrated management approach led by Bedford College. This effectively promotes and supports the student experience.”

It went on: “Residential students make excellent progress during their stay at Shuttleworth College. The experience of living in Halls has an outstandingly beneficial impact upon the quality of their academic studies, attendance, health and social development.”

“The college is imaginative and resourceful in supporting and enabling residential students to have a meaningful ‘student voice’.”

Principal and CEO of Bedford College Ian Pryce said: "We are delighted that work in our Central Bedfordshire campus has helped to achieve such important improvements, particularly as they are Outstanding in outcomes and safeguarding."