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    Ofsted result key milestone in College’s continued journey to excellence

    05 December 2023

    Students and staff at Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) are delighted that Ofsted have recognised them as outstanding in their recent inspection.

    Highlights from the report include how learners and Apprentices make rapid progress, the exceptional relationships between learners and staff, the positive and polite nature of BSDC learners and the College's leading-edge, industry standard facilities. The College was also praised for having a significant impact in meeting local industry skills needs.

    Speaking of the inspection result, Dawn Ward CBE DL, Chief Executive of the College said: “We are delighted that the hard work, passion, dedication and commitment of all college staff to serve our learners and industry partners has been recognised in this result. However, we are very conscious that it’s at a point in time. We are therefore focused on continuing to serve our communities and working hand in hand with our industry, education and voluntary partners to nurture the talent of the future.”

    The College was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas which include quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

    The College, which has a campus in Burton Upon Trent and Swadlincote South Derbyshire is a general further education provider offering a wide range of programmes, from foundation level through to higher education, including T-Levels and apprenticeships. It serves around 4000 learners annually, of which 2000 are on full-time study programmes. Recently, the College has recently benefited from over £5 million investment from the Stronger Towns and Local Skills Improvement Funds which has seen the revitalisation of its facilities to include upgraded Games Development Studios, Cyber Security Lab, Mechatronics Lab, Health Simulation Suite, Biome (creative hybrid space), Virtual Reality Experience Centre, Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Electric Vehicle Cars, Advance Motor Vehicle technology and an Immersive Learning Suite.

    Dawn Ward CBE DL continued “We still have much to do and so many things we want to achieve and we remain committed, via our strategic plan, to our vision to 2030 and securing the future benefits described within that document. There is much of what we do that the Ofsted inspectors do not look at, such as our international work, so we will continue to work hard to ensure that all of our provision supports the skills agenda and social mobility needs of East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire, both now and in the future.”

    Contact Details

    Contact Details

    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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    Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

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