New College Doncaster rated ‘Outstanding’

New College Doncaster has been rated “outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted in the college’s first full inspection since opening in 2017.

In a glowing report following the inspection in December, Ofsted described the college as having “a culture of very high expectations, which supports [students] to maximise their potential and achieve their aspirations.”

Students, “benefit from very high-quality teaching”, “make rapid progress in developing the skills and knowledge”, and “benefit from excellent pastoral and academic support”. “Most students progress to higher education, including prestigious universities. The number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who progress to higher education is particularly high.”

Teachers, meanwhile, “challenge students to be the best that they can be”, “demonstrate a very comprehensive knowledge of their subjects and communicate this well to students”, and “use extensively the retrieval strategies … to support students to recall knowledge in the long term”.

“We are delighted to have had such a positive report in our first visit from Ofsted,” said Brendon Fletcher, New College Doncaster’s Principal. “This is not only an immense credit to our talented staff and hard-working students, it also reflects the consistent support we have received from parents and governors since we opened in September 2017. New College offers a first-rate experience to all our students. Our staff care passionately about securing positive outcomes for every individual, and to have this recognised by Ofsted is very rewarding.”

Overall EffectivenessOutstanding
The quality of educationOutstanding
Behaviour and attitudesOutstanding
Personal developmentOutstanding
Leadership and managementOutstanding
Education programmes for young peopleOutstanding
Provision for learners with high needsOutstanding

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Applications for September 2022 are currently open and students can apply here. The official application deadline is 1 March 2022. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as current application levels significantly exceed application levels over the last 5 years.

Principal, Brendon Fletcher, with students at New College Doncaster

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