Hartpury College – rated Ofsted Outstanding in all areas this year – is proud to be taking part in 2018 Colleges Week.
As it celebrates its 70th anniversary, Hartpury will throughout this week join colleges across the UK in showcasing the wide range of courses and facilities on its state-of-the-art 360-hectare campus.
Hartpury received the highest student satisfaction rating of all UK land-based colleges this year, while 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 Ofsted.
Hartpury College, which operates alongside Hartpury University, offers A-levels and a wide range of diplomas in its specialist areas of Agriculture, Animal, Equine and Sport, along with Uniformed Public Services and Outdoor Adventure.
Alongside their main award, which covers the practical and knowledge aspects of the area in which students aim to gain employment, everyone studying at Hartpury College completes the unique Hartpury Certificate.
The Certificate provides students with evidence of the additional skills and knowledge they have gained while undertaking work experience and other aspects of their course such as development of further literacy and numeracy skills; skills that are highly valued by employers.
Claire Whitworth, the Vice-Principal of Hartpury College, said: “As we celebrate our 70th anniversary, we’re delighted to be joining other education institutions across the UK for Colleges Week.
“The staff at Hartpury take great pride in providing our students with a special and unique platform from which to forge a successful pathway in life, progressing either directly into related employment or onto university study here or elsewhere.
“Our staff have worked relentlessly to create a culture that provides an outstanding experience for our students, so we were delighted that this was reflected in the recent Ofsted outcome.
“We hope that by providing our students with the ‘Hartpury experience’, we have helped them develop industry-specific skills and knowledge, wider life skills, lifelong networks and contacts, and as such an excellent foundation for their future careers.
“Not only do our students complete their main award, but they also work towards our unique Hartpury Certificate that takes into account a period of external work experience graded by an employer, development of literacy and numeracy skills and achievement of ‘day one’ employability skills.
“This combination of their main award and the Hartpury Certificate really helps to give our students a competitive edge when they embark on their dream careers in their chosen industry.”
Colleges Week (15-19 October) is part of the Love Our Colleges campaign, a partnership between college staff, students and supporters and education unions, to promote colleges on the national stage.