College praised for business provision

Head teacher Keith Prytherch with Business and Economics students Sam Leadley, Meghan Fletcher-Booth, Monica Barleycorn, Charlie Johnston and Dan Richardson''w121703
Head teacher Keith Prytherch with Business and Economics students Sam Leadley, Meghan Fletcher-Booth, Monica Barleycorn, Charlie Johnston and Dan Richardson''w121703
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SAVVY students at Whitby Community College have helped it head to the top of the class with Ofsted inspectors.

The college was visited at the end of March and judged on its economics, business and enterprise offering.

Achievement, quality of teaching and quality of curriculum in the subject were all found to be good.

Inspectors said in BTEC courses attainment is above average and part of the good progress students make is down to their commitment, positive attitude and behaviour in lessons.

Awareness of business and economics is developing due to the college’s well-planned provision and because most students work and have their own bank accounts.

They found “excellent” relationships between teachers and students, a good range of learning styles and activities being used alongside strategies to ensure students meet course requirements in both BTEC and A levels.

The effectiveness of the leadership and management was also found to be good with a “clear vision and rationale” leading to well-planned provision which contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students.

Inspectors felt though that the college could improve further by making sure teachers use questions not only to confirm understanding but to extend and deepen the thinking of students, develop opportunities for students to engage with real businesses and to develop networks with other teachers.

After the findings were published last week, headteacher Keith Prytherch, told the Gazette: “It is very pleasing to receive public recognition, especially from Ofsted, for the good work of the staff at the College and the achievements of students.

“It is particularly pleasing to know students in Whitby are being well-prepared to cope with the adult world given the current economic climate.

“Our Business and Economics’ courses are always well-subscribed and clearly, students enjoy their work and do well on these courses. I personally wish to congratulate all those involved in achieving this judgement from Ofsted.”