Using Alps to drive up standards
By Michael J Walsh, Deputy Principal
The College’s mission is ‘to inspire and empower people to create and take opportunities to enrich lives through learning’. Salford City College was judged good at our last Ofsted inspection in November 2015. The College has been using Alps data and reports since Salford City College was created in January 2009, following the merger of Pendleton, Eccles and Salford College.
The College has five main centres: Pendleton, Eccles, Walkden, City Skills and FutureSkills in the heart of MediaCityUK. Employer responsive provision is delivered through the Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning Team. The College is lead sponsor in the Salford Academy Trust. This multi-academy trust is a partnership with Salford University and Salford Local Authority.
The College’s overall effectiveness is very good. Salford City College is supported by a culture of high aspirations and expectations for learners’ progress and achievement. Outcomes for learners are very high. Value added is strong which is sustained by using Alps to monitor and review performance and targets. The College’s success rates and value added scores indicate the College is highly effective in ensuring its learners achieve their full potential. The Alps results evidence strong value added outcomes. Overall provider A2 and AS Alps have been sustained at Grade 3 (Excellent). When comparing the A2 value added results against the results from 93 sixth form colleges, Salford City College is 15th in the overall league table.