North Kent College Receives Good Rating from Ofsted After First Inspection in Seven Years

North Kent College, with campuses in Dartford, Gravesend, and Tonbridge, has recently received a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted after its first inspection in seven years.

The college, located on Shepherds Lane in Dartford, was evaluated between February 27 and March 1 by a team of 14 inspectors. They praised NKC for its inclusive and supportive environment, as well as its outstanding behavior and attitudes.

According to the report, learners and apprentices at NKC are enthusiastic about their studies and often participate in activities beyond their required qualifications. This includes skills competitions that challenge and motivate them, allowing them to develop confidence and character.

In terms of safety, students reported feeling secure on campus and knew who to go to for support. The college also makes a significant contribution to meeting skills needs and has high aspirations for its learners.

Teachers at NKC were recognized as experts in their subjects and were able to provide clear explanations and track student progress. They also gave high quality and timely feedback on assignments.

While NKC received high marks in most areas, the report did highlight a few areas for improvement. This includes providing all apprentices with timely and developmental feedback, ensuring all eligible learners participate in external work placements, and developing a program of cross-college enrichment activities.

Previously rated as ‘good’ in 2017, NKC has just under 4,000 learners studying programs for young people and around 300 adult learners across its four sites. Chief Executive and Executive Principal David Gleed expressed his pride in the students and staff and their exemplary behavior and dedication to their studies.

He also noted that the college will continue to strive for even greater achievements in the future.

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