Weston College was rated ‘Outstanding’ following a rigorous Ofsted inspection in December 2013, cementing its status as one of the top-performing colleges in the country.
Since 2001 the College, whose origins date back to 1859, has undergone a total transformation, culminating in earning Ofsted’s top rating.
Dr Paul Phillips OBE
"It's an exciting time to be joining Weston College"
This tremendous achievement places us among the five highest-performing colleges in the country. We're also the first general Further Education college in the West of England to receive a rating of outstanding in all four key areas, under the new Common Inspection Framework.
In their report, Ofsted noted that: “Following their rigorous inspection, Ofsted commented that “the vast majority of learners successfully complete their courses, often achieving higher grades than expected when they started their courses”. This reinforces our view that, whatever your learning and training requirements, Weston College can help you get to where you want to go.
Our academic results are consistently above national benchmarks. In 2014, we gained outstanding pass rates at A Level (98%) and for vocational courses – Level 1 (98%), Level 2 (99%) and Level 3 (98%).
At university level, 99% of students passed their Degree, with 20% achieving First Class Honours – which is significantly above the national average.
Weston College is also the place to choose for work-based learning, with more than 90% or our apprentices being offered permanent jobs by their employers at the end of their programmes.
These results are testament not only to the excellence of our students but the commitment and ability of our teaching staff. We not only provide our students with the best educational opportunities in the area but by our ongoing work with schools and the local community we can also give Weston something to be proud of.
Weston College provides a huge range of courses to ensure you develop the skills employers and universities are looking for and I’m extremely proud that we are the only education provider in North Somerset that gives you the opportunity to progress from an entry-level course to a Degree.
Many millions of pounds have been invested in our buildings and facilities across all three campuses to ensure we our students enjoy the best possible professional, industry-standard, resources in the South West
Our state-of-the-art University Campus houses arts, media, design, music and a Sixth Form Centre, as well as Degree-level education delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.
The Knightstone Campus includes the latest technologies and modern facilities including an industry-standard fitness suite and gym, a world-class training kitchen, a top training restaurant, Higher Education Centre, our award-winning LibraryPlus resource, and specialist provision for LDD students (people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities) and people with profound and multiple disabilities and difficulties.
The South West Skills Campus contains our Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence, bespoke Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) the superb, new Automotive Technology Centre and the Lord Baker Innovation Centre, a facility dedicated to vocational education and skills training. This campus is also home to the Sustainability Centre, a purpose-built ‘eco-house’ which is used to train the next generation of construction workers in the latest sustainable building techniques
I am very proud of all that Weston College offers to our students - exciting courses, superb facilities and innovative methods of delivery - to ensure you have the opportunity to achieve great success.
Our aim is to ‘Create brighter futures’, and there has never been a better time to join our outstanding college.
I look forward to welcoming you in the near future.
Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive