Hartpury earns top spot in student satisfaction study

Uniformed Public Services

Hartpury has received the highest rating of all specialist land-based further education colleges in the Department for Education’s 2018 student satisfaction survey.

It follows an Oftsed Outstanding rating for Hartpury College across all areas earlier this summer.

Chair of Governors Edward Keene said: “We’re delighted with the results of the DfE’s latest student satisfaction survey, which show that we have the highest satisfaction score of all specialist land-based FE colleges in 2017/18.

“At Hartpury, we pride ourselves on our success in enabling our students ‘to be the best they can become’, not only academically but in their personal development too.

“How we support our students to be successful in their lives is just as important to us as grades and qualifications.”

“We pride ourselves on preparing our students for work or further training, as well as developing them as well-rounded, independent individuals.”

Principal Russell Marchant added: “Nothing matters more to us at Hartpury than our students – we want to challenge them to achieve their full potential but also ensure they enjoy their time at Hartpury.

“We’re always looking to provide the best possible education across our range of A-levels and Diplomas, covering our specialist industries of agriculture, animal, equine, sport, outdoor adventure and uniformed public services.

“In addition, we’re pleased to offer the unique Hartpury Certificate, which allows students gain real-life experience in addition to the skills and knowledge they receive in the classroom.

“We’re really happy to have received such a positive score in the DfE survey, though naturally we’ll be continually striving to achieve even better results in the future.”

In June, Hartpury was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted – the government’s education watchdog – following an inspection earlier this year.

The overall effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the 16-19 study programmes, including A-Levels, all received the highest possible grade from the government’s education watchdog.

Personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for students at the specialist sports and land-based college were also rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.

These latest results for Hartpury College follow strong performances in other student surveys by University Centre Hartpury, which sits alongside it on the same 360-hectare estate.

University Centre Hartpury, which holds a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework, was ranked in the top 30 per cent in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

It was ranked third out of more than 100 UK education institutions in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018 (PTES), with an 88 per cent overall student satisfaction score compared with a sector average of 79 per cent.

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