Havering College delighted with ‘good’ Ofsted rating

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 February 2016

Prize winners from Havering College of Further and Higher Education

Prize winners from Havering College of Further and Higher Education


A college is thrilled that it has been awarded a “good” rating by Ofsted inspectors for the third year running.

The education watchdog inspected Havering College of Further and Higher Education, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, last month and found it had been successful in its work with students.

In a letter addressed to principal Maria Thompson, it said: “You and your senior leaders have very successfully instilled in staff and learners an ethos of collaboration and high expectations.

“You have set a strategic direction for the college which focuses strongly on helping learners raise their aspirations and which is very closely aligned with the needs of local communities and businesses”.

Inspectors saw that the proportion of learners who successfully completed their qualifications at the college had risen since the previous inspection and those who go on to study at a higher level or gain jobs is high.

Governors, senior leaders and managers are said to have taken “highly effective action” to ensure that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose and students have agreed that they feel safe on the college grounds.

A “strong culture of respect” is also felt by students and staff.

Vice principal Asfa Sohail says she would like to thank staff at the college campuses for all of their hard work that contributed to this result.

She said: “The inspection team was really impressed with the professionalism, openness and friendliness displayed by staff and students.

“They liked how all teams work together at this college, including support and academic staff.

“A very good outcome for the college, staff and learners.”

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