St John Rigby College has taken positive steps in managing the education of its young people during the COVID-19 pandemic – according to Ofsted inspectors who made a virtual visit to the College in November 2020.
With graded Ofsted inspections currently suspended, monitoring visits have moved online enabling inspectors to evaluate how colleges managed online delivery during lockdown and the preparations being made for the reintroduction of 100% face to face teaching and learning.
Although no judgements or grades are provided, the report helps students, parents and governors to understand more fully how the College is meeting the needs of its learners.
Peter McGhee, Principal at St John Rigby College said:
“The community here has responded positively to the uncertainty of the pandemic, moving seamlessly to an online delivery model with little notice, to ensure that all students were accessing high quality teaching and learning resources. In the Summer term, in addition to meeting the needs of our own students, we also provided bridging materials for our prospective students and it was pleasing to read in the Ofsted report that this work was appreciated by parents and had made a difference to young people in Year 11.
Our current blended approach to our students’ college experience maintains our high expectations and provides strong pastoral support whilst keeping staff and students safe. This has made self-isolation and infection tracking more manageable, resulting in minimal disruption to teaching and learning and the establishment of a regular weekly routine of specialist learning.
I am proud of the efforts of all teaching staff and support staff and pay tribute to the resilience of our students in maintaining high levels of attendance and a focus on their academic studies at such uncertain times. This report illustrates the contributions all have made in developing high levels of confidence in the use of technology and continuing to produce work of a high standard.”