Outstanding Ofsted highlights Hartpury’s helping hand as college supports students to succeed


Hartpury is putting its students on the path to success by giving those at the college the best chance to thrive in their chosen subject while developing into young adults – as highlighted by the most recent Ofsted report.

Following its most recent inspection – looking at residential provision – Hartpury achieved a grade of Outstanding thanks to “the outstanding facilities at the college that support [students] in succeeding in their chosen specialist subject.”

In the report several key areas were highlighted for special praise, including the pastoral care and support provided to those living away from home. It pointed out that, alongside their studies, students received exceptional support to become well rounded individuals.

The team of inspectors also emphasised how the students have grown in confidence and maturity by developing skills in independence, money management, socialising and relationship building

Lesley Worsfold, Director of HR and Residential Services at Hartpury, said: “We’re delighted that Ofsted have recognised that we’re providing our students with the opportunity to not only do well in their chosen subject, but also to succeed in making the transition into young adulthood – standing them in a better position with future employers or for the move into higher education, depending which route they take.

“It’s not an easy step to take living away from home at a young age to continue your studies and it’s very satisfying to see that Ofsted rate our pastoral care and support as one of our main strengths. All the staff across the college are keen to see our students achieve their potential and we work hard to make sure they can succeed later in life.

“Most students achieve better qualifications here than they were predicted when they arrived and while many go on to great jobs in the industries they are passionate about, a high number go on to secure university places, including at prestigious institutions.”

The College’s Wellfest was also singled out in the report for its positive influence on those studying at the college. The initiative, which provides students with information on personal safety, wellbeing and sexual health, was described as an ‘excellent initiative’.

Alongside this, the creation of a wellbeing centre, a new ‘one-stop shop’ student zone and the Innovation, Careers and Enterprise hub at the college have given students access to all the relevant services as well as the chance to gain further employability skills in tandem with their studies.

Principal, Russell Marchant, said: “Our staff and students deserve a huge amount of praise for this outstanding Ofsted report. It is their hard work and commitment that is at the heart of our success and it’s great that inspectors highlighted not only our students’ enjoyment and attitude to learning but also their development as individuals and their continued growth towards becoming adults.

“We continue to pride ourselves on providing a happy, nurturing environment at Hartpury in which students can thrive, and we never stand still in our quest for excellence. We’ve recently introduced a student union and a new student zone while also continuing to invest in facilities which will help them to achieve their potential succeed along their chosen path once they leave Hartpury.”

You can see the full Ofsted report here.

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