Our achievements and awards | Weston College

Our achievements and awards

Weston College is the top-performing College in the West of England. Aside from outstanding academic success, the awards, accolades and accreditations we earn demonstrate that quality and excellence runs through everything we do.

This means that, whether you’re thinking about enrolling on a course, training your staff, or working with us in any capacity, you can feel confident Weston College is the best choice for you.

Awards and accreditations

'Outstanding' college - Ofsted

Weston College received a 'grade one, Outstanding' rating from Ofsted following a rigorous, week-long inspection in December 2013. The inspection related to every area of the College’s education programme - 14-16 part-time and full-time provision, 16-19 study programmes, 19+ learning and Apprenticeships.

The College was rated 'Outstanding' in all four areas of inspection:

  • Overall effectiveness
  • Outcomes for learners
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment;
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management.

Ofsted praised many curriculum areas, particularly the outstanding provision in:

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Sport
  • Public Services
  • Independent Living and Leisure
  • Foundation English.

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Offender learning contract

Weston College delivers the education to thousands of offenders in 11 prisons after successfully bidding for the Government's Offender Learning contract for the region.

The focus of the bid, worth £10 million per year, was based around 'transformational learning' and raising aspirations – ensuring that an education package is provided that meets the needs of prisoners when they complete their sentence.

Read more about offender learning at Weston College.

National Skills Academy

Weston College is an accredited ‘hub’ of the National Skills Academy for the environmental technologies sector.

This prestigious status means the College plays a major role in transforming the ability for businesses to access key training skills in the design, installation and maintenance of environmental technologies.

Read more about Weston College's National Skills Academy status.


Mixed Economy Group

Weston College is a member of the Mixed Economy Group of colleges, which represents further education colleges with a significant, strategic and developmental role in the provision of higher education.



Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
College of the Year
Overall Further Education Provider of the Year
Beacon Awards
Sword of Honour
National Training Award
Investors in People - Gold
Investors in People - Champion
Matrix Accreditation
Somerset Heritage and English Heritage Awards
Building Excellence Awards
Marketing Excellence Awards - Education
Best Business Award - Communication
Positive about Disabled People
Apple-Authorised Training Centre
Microsoft IT Academy

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