Franklin College was subject to a full Ofsted inspection in late September. A team of 5 inspectors spent almost a week scrutinising the college's provision for students. Judgements reached at the end of the week are that the College is Good across all aspects and has shown significant improvements, especially in the outcomes for students since the last inspection of 2016.
The inspection team were particularly impressed by the fact that students leaving Franklin have made excellent progress in their studies, which helps them to secure the highest 'positive destinations' of any College in the region, including gaining better than average good degrees in Higher Education.
It was also noted that, for those students who are resitting their maths or English GCSE, Franklin's performance is one of the best in the country
Inspectors noted that the recently appointed Principal has set high expectations for students and provides effective strategic leadership.
In response to the publication of the report, Principal, Peter Kennedy said: “I am absolutely delighted that Ofsted recognised how good the College is. As inspection frameworks move on, Ofsted raise the bar and it gets tougher and tougher to secure good judgements. They have to be convinced that the evidence all stacks up.”
We're particularly pleased that the College is recognised as 'welcoming, firmly rooted in the local community and a place where students flourish'. This is testament to the skills and dedication of our specialist Sixth Form College staff, who are focussed on and work together with outstanding young people in an environment that supports maturity towards adulthood.'
The Chairman of Governors Alex Baxter was delighted at this result and grateful to all the staff at Franklin who have delivered such a great outcome. The Governors are pleased that the inspection team have specifically recognised Franklin's determination to retain our 'inclusive' status for all young people in the area, whilst delivering such positive outcomes with excellent results and tremendous destinations for our students."