Paston's was inspected in December 2015 by Ofsted and the report was published on 15th January 2016, giving it an overall rating of ‘good’, as well as ‘good’ in all the individual aspects that are assessed: exam results, teaching and learning, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and leadership and management. The inspection was based on the new, tougher inspection framework, which was introduced in September 2015.
The Inspection found that, at Paston:
“All learners are well behaved, motivated and have a positive attitude to learning, in and outside of lessons.”
“They treat each other and their teachers with respect and value greatly the high level of support and guidance provided by their teachers.”
“Learners benefit from teachers’ high levels of specialist skills and the passion they have for their subjects.”
“The quality of learners’ work is high and at times outstanding.”
“Learners make very good progress in their lessons; as a result a high proportion of learners achieve their qualifications and their target grades.”
“A high proportion secure places in higher education, including at Russell Group universities, or gain employment when this is their intention.”
The Report suggested the College would be ‘outstanding’ were it not for the “small number” of students without GCSE mathematics, where “too few learners improve their GCSE mathematics grade while at the college” and also because “not enough learners, particularly those on academic programmes, have sufficient access to work experience placements.”
In fact, the College was already working to address these areas with the appointment of a new GCSE mathematics specialist, who has already had a significant impact on results, and a collaboration with the careers specialist ‘Beacon East’ to improve students’ preparation for work.
Principal Kevin Grieve said:-
“This is an extremely pleasing Report which reflects the excellent results our students have achieved over an extended period of time. I am very proud of all the hard work put in by students and all the teaching and support staff at the College. I would also like to thank parents for their contribution and the support from everyone involved with the College. It is a great team effort.”
He also commented that:
“Ofsted have not only picked out areas of good and outstanding practice but provided us with other guidance to get even better in the future. We know we have a very good College here that is at the heart of the community, helping students achieve high grades and progressing on to great opportunities in HE and employment.”