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College given top marks by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 11:15 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:59 30 June 2010

A Norfolk college has been praised for going that extra mile in making sure that its students enjoy their lessons and increase their self belief.

East Norfolk Sixth Form College, in Gorleston, has been rated as good for its overall effectiveness following an Ofsted inspection on April 30.

A Norfolk college has been praised for going that extra mile in making sure that its students enjoy their lessons and increase their self belief.

East Norfolk Sixth Form College, in Gorleston, has been rated as good for its overall effectiveness following an Ofsted inspection on April 30.

The Ofsted report compliments college principal Laurie Poulson and his staff on focussing on providing the best educational experience possible for its 1,720 students.

In the report by Deborah Vaughan- Jenkins staff are singled out for going that extra mile for students and fostering a 'can-do' ethos to allow their students to thrive.

The college was also praised for its improving success rates, how well its students do at sports, how healthy lifestyles are promoted and its good links with parents and the community.

Ofsted said: “East Norfolk Sixth Form is a good, highly inclusive college. It places its students' experience at the heart of its work and is successful at raising their aspirations and increasing their self belief.

“Raising young people's aspiration is at the heart of the college's work and is championed by the principal and staff.

“Leaders and managers have fostered a positive can do ethos in which students enjoy their education and thrive.

“Students cannot speak highly enough of their enjoyment of college.”

A delighted Mr Poulson said: “It was very pleasing that the inspectors recognised the fantastic effort that college staff put in to help students develop and progress.

“Unusually for a document couched in Ofsted speak they left in the final report a mention of how much students appreciate all those staff members who go the extra mile.

“The most pleasing aspect of the inspection was the whole heartedly positive feedback that the inspectors received not only from students, but also their parents and from our partners in the community.

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed.”

Ofsted said the college could improve by increased monitoring students who underperform, improving the work of governors and by making sure any quality improvement plans will remedy weaknesses.

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