A UNIVERSITY technical college in Rocester has been rated “good” in its first full inspection.
The JCB Academy was visited by a team from Ofsted – the Office for Standards in Education.
Inspectors concluded that the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of students and the leadership and management were all “good”.
In addition, the Ofsted inspectors highlighted ‘outstanding’ features, including progress in maths, engineering and vocational courses and the Rocester-based academy’s dedication to keeping students safe and secure.
“It is particularly pleasing that the team recognised that progress in mathematics, engineering and vocational courses is ‘outstanding’.
“The academy’s work to keep students safe and secure is also ‘outstanding’ and students state that they feel exceptionally safe.”
The academy was set up in a former mill building, catering for 540 engineering and business pupils aged between 14 and 18.
It opened in September 2010 and, initially, more than 50 students were bussed there from Derby each day. The Ofsted report praises the academy’s ‘high reputation in the engineering and business’ sectors and highlights that many students enter apprenticeships, higher education courses and careers which reflect the characteristics of the college. The inspectors also note that the academy prepares its students extremely well for their future education and careers and teachers inspire students with their professional experience.