Havering Sixth Form College principal celebrates ‘particularly pleasing’ results of Ofsted inspection

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 November 2018

Students at Havering Sixth Form College getting their A-Level results. Students celebrate with Principal Paul Wakeling.

Students at Havering Sixth Form College getting their A-Level results. Students celebrate with Principal Paul Wakeling.


The hard work of students and staff at Havering Sixth Form College has seen the institution awarded a Good rating by Ofsted.

Inspectors from the school regulator visited the college in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, from October 9 to October 12 this year, and as a result the school’s performance has been upgraded from its previous level of Requires Improvement.

The Ofsted team recognised that the college is on an improvement journey, stating: “Governors and senior leaders are ambitious and have high aspirations for staff and students.

“They have established a strong culture of improvement at the college.”

Particular mention was given in the Ofsted report to the way in which students enjoy their time at college, are supported to make good progress and how teachers “use varied and stimulating activities during lessons, which challenge and enthuse” them.

Inspectors also complimented the Cube, the college’s careers service, on its provision of very good impartial careers advice and guidance to students and on the college facilitating a very high proportion of students going into further education, higher education or employment with many of those students going to prestigious universities.

They also noted that the college helps students to ‘develop confidence in their own ability, become more self-assured and work positively towards their learning goals’ and that they benefit from a wide range of enrichment activities and from “well-resourced learning environments”.

Principal Paul Wakeling commented: “What is particularly pleasing is that the hard work of our staff to ensure a great experience and good outcomes for all of our students, both in terms of qualifications achieved and fantastic destinations reached, has been acknowledged.

“We are now beginning our journey from Good to Outstanding.”

A-level results day in August saw 64pc of students achieve A*-C, with 11pc managing A* or A grades.

Nearly all the college’s courses achieved pass rates above 90pc this year.

Many of its students now study predominantly vocational courses and results in that area were up once again with 61pc of full-time vocational students achieving a triple distinction and 87pc achieving at least one distinction.

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