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New Bromley college receives praise from Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 09:45 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:45 19 June 2015

Headteacher and students.

Headteacher and students.

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Headteacher says 'we are delighted'.

Bromley College’s new centre for 14 to 16-year-olds has been praised by Ofsted.

The new college has been rated as having made either reasonable progress or substantial progress in all areas.

The team of visiting inspectors said that the college is meeting the needs of its students, both in terms of vocational and academic learning.

Among positive comments given, they said that robust arrangements were in place for safeguarding students and the standard of vocational teaching, particularly of practical skills, was good.

The 14 to 16 college opened last September, offering a vocational curriculum which can offer young people a fast track into apprenticeships and higher level qualifications.

It is aiming to provide young people with an alternative to a traditional school environment.

Students have the opportunity to study for their GCSEs in core subjects alongside a vocational specialism in areas including hair and beauty, child development and care and sports science.

Headteacher Mike Piper said: “We are delighted to have received such a positive judgement from Ofsted.

“Our 14 to 16 college is one of only a few in the country and offers young people a real, career-focused alternative to a traditional school environment.

“Combining high quality, vocational study with core academic teaching ensures that our students have a well-rounded education and are equipped with the skills and qualifications that businesses desire.”

He added: “I would like to thank my excellent team, the parents and of course the students themselves, for their hard work this year.

“We look forward to building on the very solid foundation we have established and I am sure the quality if our provision will be reflected by the students’ academic and vocational achievements this summer.”

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