Reaseheath gets top marks for quality of care

Reaseheath College offers exemplary care for younger students who live on campus, Ofsted inspectors have confirmed.

An Ofsted inspection, published August 2013, reveals the Nantwich specialist college has received the highest possible accolade for the excellent support, development and care it provides for its 16 to 18 year-old residential students. Reaseheath has onsite accommodation for 685 students, up to 200 of whom are under 18.

The report, by the Care Standards Commission, gives Reaseheath ‘Outstanding’ awards for its effectiveness in all four areas inspected. These were: outcomes for young people, quality of service, safeguarding, and leadership and management. All areas were judged to be at the highest level with no recommendations for improvement.

The Care Standards Commission is responsible for ensuring the safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults. Key comments from its Ofsted inspection team included:

  • Students and parents were extremely positive, with students clearly valuing and enjoying their residential experience
  • Outstanding development of social and personal skills significantly helped students to prepare for their next step
  • Excellent links between student services, curriculum, premises and catering teams ensured the best possible student experience
  • Students showed excellent behaviour and responded with openness, maturity and enthusiasm when taking on responsibilities at college and within the local community
  • Staff and students demonstrated a clear commitment to equality and an unequivocal acceptance of everyone’s differences
  • Students felt safe on campus and their welfare was the primary consideration of staff
  • There was a very strong commitment to a zero tolerance of bullying
  • Students were highly committed to their academic and social learning programmes and clearly benefitted from strong support from the welfare team and safeguarding officers
  • Students were strong drivers for change and development and felt well listened to
  • College leavers enjoyed very positive prospects, with 90% going on to Higher Education programmes or employment

Reaseheath Principal Meredydd David said: “This is a fantastic and well deserved result. I am extremely pleased and proud and would like to congratulate all the college teams and staff that have made this great outcome possible.

“In particular, the Ofsted inspectors commented on the enthusiasm, commitment and creativity of our staff and how they go the extra mile for students. They also noted the improvements and developments within the Student Services and Welfare team and the progress made in addressing recommendations since the last inspection.

“The inspectors also commented on the wonderful college grounds and setting and on how well they are respected and used by students. This has been a great way to finish off a very successful academic year.”