Reaseheath College Ofsted Inspection – December 2019

  • Reaseheath College continues to be a good provider.
  • Our students value the support they receive from teachers, assessors and technicians highly.
  • Our students and apprentices develop very good practical skills as they learn in high-quality facilities and have access to high-quality and up-to-date equipment.
  • Teachers and trainers frequently help students and apprentices develop more complex skills and knowledge than their qualification requires, which prepares them extremely well for employment.


  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff take very good care of students and apprentices at the college.
  • Staff are well trained in safeguarding, which they use to identify students and apprentices who may need help to overcome challenges in their lives.
  • Staff responsible for safeguarding have developed excellent and productive links to external agencies, such as those for children’s services and mental health support, to make sure students and apprentices get the help they need.

Leadership and Management

  • Leaders and managers have continued to develop and use their excellent links with regional, national and international businesses, to ensure students and apprentices have access to very high-quality and up-to-date equipment for their studies.
  • Governors use their wide range of skills and experience of further education, higher education, finance and land-based industries very effectively to support and challenge senior leaders. They use their committee structure conscientiously to oversee the different aspects of the college’s operation.
  • Students and apprentices learn to work safely with animals, machinery, hand tools and chemicals due to the clear emphasis that leaders and managers place on safe working. This helps to ensure that very few accidents occur and students and apprentices work diligently.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • Students and apprentices are taught by ambitious and enthusiastic teachers and instructors who have extensive experience of their industries and subjects.
  • Students and apprentices consistently achieve high standards and develop excellent behaviours and attitudes to learning and work.
  • Teachers and instructors plan learning programmes with care. What they teach and when they teach it helps students and apprentices master more complex skills and knowledge over time.
  • Teachers and assessors give students and apprentices constructive and developmental feedback on their work, which helps them improve.
  • Apprentices make excellent progress because teachers and trainers use a range of relevant and motivating teaching methods.


  • A very high proportion of students and apprentices get jobs or move on to higher levels of training or learning.
  • Students receive very high-quality, impartial careers advice and guidance from specialist careers guidance staff and from their industry experienced teachers and assessors.

Students with high needs

  • Students with high needs become more independent due to the support they receive from staff at college. They improve their social and communication skills and make friends as a result of the inclusive, friendly and welcoming environment staff have created at college.

Reaseheath College commended by Ofsted for student success

Reaseheath College remains one of the UK’s premier technical and specialist land-based colleges, Ofsted has confirmed. The results of an inspection of the Nantwich, Cheshire college, held in November, shows that Reaseheath continues to be good (Grade 2) with some exceptional features and continues to be outstanding in many areas – in particular the very […]