Governors, staff and learners at NA College are celebrating after Ofsted rated the College "Good" with "Outstanding" aspects. This is the first full inspection since NA College became directly funded for Apprenticeships and the Adult Education Budget (AEB).

Ofsted praised the College for its “well-planned and high-quality” education programmes, which meet the specific needs and aspirations of learners and extends beyond the knowledge and skills needed to complete their qualifications.

Kevin Lewis, Operations Director, commented: “Our learners and apprentices flourish in a safe and supportive learning environment.They demonstrate consistently high levels of respect for others. They play a positive role in creating an orderly, harmonious and inclusive environment that values and nurtures difference.

“We strive to enhance every experience, ensuring learners know that we want them to be successful and enjoy their learning.”

"Our staff and student behaviours were rated as "Outstanding", which is credit to the work that they put in."

Ofsted highlighted how College leaders and managers have successfully addressed the skills development needs of the workforce in the automotive industry. They collaborate closely with employers to design and implement programmes that enable apprentices to develop the critical, practical and technical skills that they need, both on and off the job. For example, maintenance apprentices confidently improve and adapt assembly procedures in their workplace settings.

Inspectors were particularly impressed with the range of enrichment opportunities available to our students at NA College, including our "design projects such as building scale models to represent the local mining heritage and converting a classic car engine to electric.”

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