Exeter College is the first college in Devon and Cornwall to be rated as Outstanding by Ofsted using its new enhanced framework, even more remarkable given that the college was rated as Outstanding in a no-notice pilot by Ofsted less than two years ago. This makes Exeter College the only provider ever to gain this highest accolade in two different inspections in less than two years.
The team of 14 Ofsted inspectors, who visited the college in January 2014, awarded the highest 'Outstanding' grade for Overall Effectiveness as well as across each of the aspect grades of Outcomes for Learners, the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management.
The report highlights the impact of the relentless focus of the college on raising standards of teaching and learning, particularly important as the college has recorded successful growth over the last two years. The inspectors praised this approach stating "As a result of highly motivated and experienced staff, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding … and has led to the improved and very high outcomes for learners" and it continues to note "Lecturers provide learners with challenging work that prepares them extremely well for further education, training and employment."
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Exeter College was visited by Ofsted inspectors during the week of 5th March 2012 in the country's first ever no-notice, unannounced Ofsted pilot inspection of a college. The Inspectors graded the college for our Overall Effectiveness; Outcomes for learners; Teaching and Learning; Leadership and Management and awarded the college a grade 1 - Outstanding - in all of these areas.
Inspectors highlighted our strong Learner Voice, success rates (placing us within the top 5% of colleges in England) and our support for personal development and employability skills. They also commented on our teachers’ high expectations, innovative teaching, energy and pace and excellent subject knowledge. Click here to find out more
City & Guilds Centre of the Year 2016
The college was named City and Guilds' Centre of the Year 2016 at the prestigious Lion Awards, at glittered awards event. The Lion awards often known as the ‘Oscars of skills education’ showcase the very best in skills talent. The awards recognise excellent results and progression through learning as well as showcasing those who have overcome significant challenges to achieve their goals.
Winner TES FE Awards 2-16 - Apprenticeship Programme of the Year
In 2016, Exeter College won a prestigious Times Educational Supplement Further Education Award 2016 for Apprenticeship Programme of the Year. The judging panel selected the college as the top provider of Apprenticeships in the country. The awards celebrate those organisations who have had an outstanding influence on post-16 education. The award comes during an exceptional time for the college's Apprenticeship team. The college's Apprenticeship programme has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
BTEC College of the Year
Exeter College is proud to have been delivering BTEC qualifications successfully for 15 years. The offer spans 16 sectors, 10 faculties and 8 vocation centres. Approximately 170 members of staff deliver approx 3,250 learners ranging from Entry to Level 4 and adults.
Success rates have consistently been above the national averages and 95% of Level 3 learners progress into further/higher education or employment.
Ofsted (2014) reported "Specialist vocational courses, often using exceptional facilities provide learners with outstanding opportunities" The college has contributed to national best practice via the Commission for Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning and the Education and Training Foundation.
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Sunday Times 100 best not-for-profit organisations Award 2013
The college was voted as one of the country's top 100 best not-for-profit organisations to work for in 2013. The national list highlights the 'happiest and most dynamic' public sector bodies, charities and housing associations in Britain and the national survey of over 60,000 employees across the country ranked Exeter College in 60th place.
Exeter College is one of only four further education institutions who have made it into the top 100!
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Times Education Supplement Award 2012
The college was awarded the 'leading further education college in the country' after winning Outstanding Provider of the Year and Outstanding Leadership of Learning and Skills Awards at the prestigious Times Educational Supplement FE Awards
The Outstanding Provider of the Year Award is given for the provider who has demonstrated exceptional performance in the past academic year.
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Quality Assurance Agency 2015
The college was visited by QAA inspectors responsible for monitoring the quality of our higher education provision in 2015.
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