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University & Professional Development

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We’re here to provide excellent education and training, developing skills that contribute to the success of every student and the growth of the economy. Our success in that mission is measured and we measure up well.

The College is formally inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), and its performance compared to the standards it expects. We also have a quality team whose job it is to ensure that our systems are robust and contribute to the overall excellent standards expected by learners, employers and staff. Our aim is one of continuous improvement in order to maintain high standards. A rigorous self-assessment review process additionally identifies strengths and areas for further development.

Performance highlights

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Ofsted report

The Office for Standards in Education inspect and regulate to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.

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National performance

Impressive regionally

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Our Director of Art and Design, Derek Johnson and his team, won the Times Educational Supplement Best Teaching and Learning Initiative for their innovative project combining maths, art, religion and science.

Former Prime Minster, Theresa May said of West Suffolk College, “All colleges across the country should be aspiring to reach these standards”, when speaking of how the college won its own ‘Oscar’ from the educational world for an innovative project combining maths, Art, Religion and Science, known as MARS.

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Above average Apprenticeships

The average salary for Apprentices paid by the employers we support is £189.96 per week, meaning our vacancies are paying £53.46 per week on average more than the National Minimum Wage for Apprenticeships.

Matrix accredited

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The quality standard for information advice and guidance services, the Matrix Standard is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance on learning and work. 

Positive about disabled people

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The double tick symbol is a recognised achievement awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who demonstrate their commitment to employing and encouraging disabled people in the workplace.