Hartpury College has been rated outstanding across all areas by Ofsted for its residential provision for students.
The overall experiences and progress of young people, how well they’re helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers, all received the highest possible grade from the government’s education watchdog.
It comes just months after Hartpury College, which offers A-levels and a range of diplomas in agriculture, animal, equine and sports, was rated outstanding across all areas in an Ofsted further education and skills report.
In its latest report about Hartpury’s residential provision, Ofsted highlighted a number key findings from its impromptu inspection, including:
- Students consistently say that they feel safe and exceptionally well supported at the college
- Students become valued members of the wider community and develop vital independence and self-help skills. This prepares them for higher education and employment.
- The senior management team is extremely innovative in its approach to maintaining remarkably high-quality care for residential students.
- Students are consulted about every aspect of their experience within the college.
- Students are influential in the strategic development of the college as well as within everyday access to facilities.
- Students receive consistently high-quality and immediate support from residential wardens and the well-being service. This enables them to overcome challenges to their health and to their social development. Students feel listened to and respected.
- An exceptionally motivated and skilled team provides high-quality and individualised care to students.
- Communication between managers and staff is exceptional. This collaborative approach supports the accomplishments of students.
- Feedback from students and parents about the college is highly complimentary.
Russell Marchant, Principal of Hartpury College, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we’ve been rated outstanding again by Ofsted, this time across all areas of our residential provision.
“It further underlines the tremendous commitment and dedication of all our staff associated with the residential provision working constantly for the benefit of our students.
“The welfare and safety of all our students is always among our top priorities, so it’s fantastic to hear that students told the inspectors themselves that they feel safe and exceptionally well supported.”
Lesley Worsfold, Vice-Principal – Resources at Hartpury College, added: “We’re proud that Ofsted recognises that we have an exceptionally motivated and skilled team providing high-quality care to students.
“We’re continually exploring new and innovative ways to ensure we provide the highest possible support for residential students to ensure they have a positive experience on campus.”
Students at Hartpury College have access to world-class equine educational facilities and cutting-edge sports facilities, an extensive animal collection, an animal therapy centre, science laboratories with industry-standard equipment and a fully working farm.
They also benefit from a state-of-the-art A-levels centre.
The college is the largest equine education establishment in the world and regularly wins national titles in rugby, football, netball, rowing, golf and modern pentathlon.
It has the highest student satisfaction of all land-based further education colleges in the UK - 83.8% student satisfaction (Department of Education survey 2017/18).
Picture: Hartpury students in their halls of residence