Callywith College retains Outstanding Ofsted rating

Callywith College has proudly announced its exceptional achievement of retaining an 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted following an inspection over two days in March 2024.

The prestigious outcome and the glowing report that accompanies it reflect the college's unwavering commitment to excellence in education and student welfare.

The Ofsted inspection meticulously assessed various aspects of the college's performance, including teaching quality, student outcomes and destinations, leadership effectiveness, and overall provision of education and support services. Callywith College excelled across all areas, demonstrating a remarkable dedication to fostering both academic success and significant personal development among its students.

Inspectors said: “Students’ work is frequently of an exceptionally high standard. This is because of the high-quality teaching they receive from the highly qualified, expert lecturers who teach them”. “College staff are very ambitious and have high expectations of their students. They have provided exceptional resources to assist in delivering high-quality education”.

Principal Jon Grey expressed his delight at the report’s content, attributing it to the collective efforts of the college community to always put students first. "This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff and trustees", he said. "It reflects our shared commitment to providing exceptional holistic education that empowers students to achieve their full potential. The report speaks so highly of the academic elements of our curriculum but also praises our tutorial and pastoral provision as integral drivers of our inclusive culture. This speaks volumes for the relentless focus all our staff and trustees have for ensuring every student has the best chance of success”.

Callywith College, which opened in 2017 has quickly established itself as a leading institution in the region. Initially judged Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2020, the college currently attracts more than 1500 students aged between 16-19 to its state-of-the-art campus where they study a diverse range of courses in a highly supportive learning environment. With some students choosing to travel up to two hours from across Cornwall and beyond to attend the college which Ofsted declare “leaders and managers have created an inclusive environment, where the small number of high needs students flourish”, “lecturers plan exciting sessions” and "staff are very well trained on how best to teach their students and subjects". "Students", the report continues, "are exceptionally well motivated, demonstrate very positive behaviours” and “are extremely well supported by the lecturers and other college staff”.

As Callywith College celebrates this remarkable achievement, it reaffirms its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of education and continuing to nurture the talents and aspirations of its students for years to come.

Read the full Ofsted 2024 report here.

Applications for 2025 will open in the early stages of the Autumn term and the college advises interested applicants to ensure they apply early. Register interest for 2025 applications here.