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Seal of Approval,  Leeds College of Building

Staff and students at Leeds College of Building are celebrating a successful inspection by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), during which the College was graded ‘good’ overall, and its 14-16 provision ranked as ‘outstanding’.

Following a week long inspection across each of its six sites, outcomes for learners, effectiveness of leadership and management, as well as learning and assessment all ranked as ‘good’. The College’s quality teaching was also highlighted for enabling students to develop good vocational skills and produce work of a high standard.

Ofsted said the College works particularly well with local partners, construction companies and schools to deliver programmes that meet local and national construction business needs. This is highlighted by the ‘outstanding’ rating given to its 14-16 provision, a scheme the College runs in partnership with local schools to allow pupils to attend college and study construction courses on a day release basis.

Ian Billyard, Principal at Leeds College of Building, said:

I am thrilled that our 14-16 provision has been graded ‘outstanding’. It’s an excellent achievement for our team who work closely with a number of local schools offering a wide range of work related courses from year nine onwards. The scheme provides a valuable opportunity for young students to lay the early foundations for a successful career in construction.”

Ian added:

I am extremely proud of all of our staff, students and governors and would like to thank them for working exceptionally hard as a team to ensure that Ofsted were able to see everything we have to offer. We are now on the next stage of our journey to fulfil our ambitions of becoming an outstanding College.” 

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