Excellent performance for local college group under first Ofsted inspection

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Excellent performance for HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) under first Ofsted inspection / HCUC

Harrow College and Uxbridge College (HCUC) are celebrating high praise from Ofsted for their educational standards, in the first inspection since the merger of Harrow College and Uxbridge College back in 2017.

Outstanding judgements were made to five of the eight areas of performance in Ofsted’s recent report including the prized area of Quality of Education, with the remaining three areas as good, following their inspection visit in February 2022.

The report found students and apprentices to be “highly motivated to learn and achieve” and that “They thrive in their studies and are inspired by their lessons.” It further noted students receive “excellent support from their teachers and support staff”, saying they “learn exceptionally and make excellent progress” and have “excellent attitudes to learning”.

The inspection across the west London campuses in Uxbridge, Hayes, Harrow on the Hill and Harrow Weald, also praised opportunities for adult learners such as those on Apprenticeship programmes and “…highly effective sector-based work programmes.”.

The eight areas the inspection looked at are:

Quality of Education – Outstanding

Education Programmes for Young People – Outstanding

Adult Learning Programmes – Outstanding

Behaviour and Attitudes – Outstanding

Leadership and Management – Outstanding

Apprenticeships – Good

Provision for Learners with High Needs – Good

Personal Development – Good

The above profile provided an overall Good grade.

As well as successes around teaching and learning at HCUC, student support and academic culture were also highlighted. Emotional support offered to vulnerable learners by staff was deemed “exceptional”, leading to significant improvements in learners’ confidence. HCUC was seen to have “a culture of academic excellence” and “a rich and high-quality curriculum offer”. “Exceptionally high standards” were also set by leaders and managers for teacher performance, which the college kept “consistently high.”

Partnership work at HCUC was also praised, including the work with Brunel University London and other partners to launch and develop the West London Institute of Technology, which delivers high quality technical education in STEM areas and is based at the Uxbridge Campus.

Dr Darrell DeSouza, CEO and Group Principal of HCUC, said: “This is an extremely impressive inspection report, confirming the strengths and areas of excellence that epitomise the provision at HCUC, particularly so considering the pressures of the last few years with the impact of the pandemic and the merger. It is testimony to the dedication and professionalism of our magnificent staff throughout this time and it is particularly pleasing that inspectors recognised the brilliant attitude of our diverse set of learners that helps them to make the most of the outstanding quality of education they receive here at HCUC.

“The core message coming across to us from Ofsted’s report is that what really matters for our students is really working. With 92% of our provision delivered to young people and adult learners, we are so proud that these areas of our performance were both graded as Outstanding.

“We are delighted to see every aspect of college life encompassed under the top two rating levels – Outstanding or Good – with the comments made by the inspectors reflecting our genuine commitment and integrity in ensuring the success and welfare of our students.”