Land-based studies college gets top Ofsted rating

Land-based studies quality of teaching at Merrist Wood Campus of Guildford College is "outstanding", a new Ofsted inspection report has said.

The report, published last month, awarded Merrist Wood the top Ofsted rating. It also notes its "outstanding responsiveness to employers and lead organisations, highly effective pastoral and academic support and outstanding curriculum management".

Students were highly motivated, the report said. "They enjoy their work, make very good progress and develop highly effective industry-related skills. Teaching is lively and imaginative. Teachers have very good technical knowledge and link teaching skilfully to occupational practice."

Leadership and management was outstanding, the inspector said. He also praised the standard of pastoral care and accommodation and the links with employers.

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