In a new inspection judgement (November 2022), Ofsted awarded the highest rating possible for the “strong contribution” Newham College makes to meeting skills needs; and that the curriculum aligns “exceptionally well with the skills need in the local and regional community”. Ofsted further stated that “leaders work very closely with employers to plan the curriculum. Consequently, courses prepare learners effectively to progress into employment and apprenticeships”. Students also “receive high-quality careers education, advice and guidance”.
The full inspection report states, “Learners overwhelmingly say the college is a space in which they feel safe, comfortable and relaxed”.
Students feel safe at Newham College, with safeguarding confirmed as effective: “Leaders have created a strong safeguarding culture across the college”.
The inspection report says that learners “benefit from a friendly and inclusive place to study” whilst they “greatly appreciate the college’s diverse and welcoming environment”.
The report also praised the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision at the college, stating that “learners with high needs enjoy lessons” and “learn successfully how to live independently”.
This is Newham College’s first Ofsted inspection since 2016. Inspectors have judged that leaders and staff “have high ambitions for all learners to succeed in their chosen career paths” while teachers “use their skills highly effectively to teach learners new knowledge and skills.”
Paul Stephen, Principal and CEO of Newham College adds “We are really pleased to be the first college in the country to be recognised by Ofsted as making a strong contribution to meeting local skills needs. This accolade recognises the collaborative work we do with employers and other stakeholders to prepare our students for great jobs and career progression. But what we are most proud of is that Ofsted recognises that we give our students a really good experience, helping them develop the confidence, skills and qualifications to thrive both during and beyond their time at College.”
Read more in our most recent Ofsted report.Ofsted: full report