College staff’s delight at good report

TyneMet College, in Wallsend.

TyneMet College, in Wallsend.

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College staff are celebrating after inspectors praised their work.

TyneMet College, in Wallsend, has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted after inspectors said the establishment ‘raises aspirations and changes lives’.

It received a ‘good’ for overall effectiveness plus the other four key areas.

Inspectors positively reported on how the college has firmly embedded its STEM strategy, its ongoing commitment and drive to promote ambition in the community, plus the work by principal Jon Vincent with North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Mr Vincent said: “This report is testament to the focused efforts of the team across the college to continuously improve and create an exceptional learning environment. We have worked tirelessly to establish the college as a centre of excellence across all departments.”

“To have particular recognition for our specialist and high quality STEM provision is a fantastic accolade.”

The inspection report also found that support for students with high needs was particularly strong with students benefiting from high levels of skilled support, focused on increasing independence

Inspectors also commented favourably on the progression opportunities for students at the College with a large majority progressing into further study; employment or apprenticeships.

Chair of Governors, Bill Midgley OBE, said: “The grade awarded by OFSTED highlights the high quality of learning offered by TyneMet to the community, helping support people to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations for the ‘next step’ whether that be continuing with education or securing employment.

“We want to give the local business community of this region access to an exceptional college experience which improves aspirations, provides better skills provision and opportunities and economic prospectus for all.”