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‘Transformative and life-enhancing’ - Our 2024 Ofsted report

The City of Liverpool College is delighted to share our latest Ofsted report, confirming our ‘transformative and life-enhancing’ student experience. We’re celebrating the well-deserved recognition of our ‘outstanding’ personal development and adult learning programmes and much, much more across the College. The report also highlights the ‘exceptional’ work we do with employers and others across the Liverpool City Region, making ‘a strong contribution to meeting needs and an impact that is recognised ‘locally, regionally, nationally and, in a few instances, internationally.’


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The majority of students find their college experience to be transformative and life-enhancing.

Ofsted 2024

A beacon of positive learning

“Students appreciate the haven the college provides and they value being part of its positive community.” Ofsted 2024


Ofsted’s praise of the positive and inclusive energy of our student community was a wonderful recognition of how our students grow with us. They commended the inspiring attitudes of students and apprentices toward learning, a learning experience that “develops them as a whole person… not just their technical skills”, and how that shapes an extraordinary social and cultural landscape at CoLC.

A beacon of positive learning

Highly effective personal development

Our ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating for personal development is fantastic - a testament 
to the dedication of our progress leaders and the “diverse opportunities” we provide.

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‘Careers not courses’

“Teachers are extremely passionate about supporting students to work in the industries that they love. They weave work-related opportunities seamlessly into their curriculums.”

We can’t thank our teachers and progress leaders enough for making sure The College shines through when it comes to rich learning experiences, seamless career progression, passionate educators, and enlightening employer masterclasses. We are so incredibly proud to foster an educational environment where excellence, growth, and real-world readiness intersect.

Here’s what they said:

“Progress Leaders focus on ‘careers not courses’ to develop students’ work-readiness. They run employer, apprenticeship and curriculum events to provide students with greater insight into their potential career pathways.”

“Students develop highly relevant experience through 
their engagement with wider community projects, such as Eurovision and work with local schools.”

‘Outstanding’ Adult learning

Our leaders are going the extra mile to "create diverse opportunities to develop 
adults’ personal and employability skills.

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Real skills. Real futures – 
that’s what sets us apart

“The college makes a strong contribution to meeting 
skills needs.”

When it comes to delivering exceptional education, meeting skills needs and surpassing industry expectations, we’ve come out with a glowing report from Ofsted. We know that our leaders ensure our curriculums stay up-to-date, meeting industry standards. Our student projects? They’re winning national awards. It’s not just about words; it’s about real results, preparing students and apprentices with skills employers need now and in the future. That’s what sets us apart.


Here’s what Ofsted said:

“Leaders ensure that curriculums are up to date and meet industry standards. They have secured significant funding to invest in new equipment and technologies to develop students’ technical skills and to meet employers’ current and future needs.”

“Apprentices develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers need.”

“Leaders have developed an exceptional network of stakeholders across their civic, community, education and employer communities. The impact of these relationships 
is highly recognised locally, regionally, nationally and, in a few instances, internationally.” 

“Leaders ensure curriculums help students and
 apprentices prepare for their next steps and progress 
to aspirational careers.”

“Leaders provide additional qualifications to enhance apprentices’ learning and to make them as employable 
as possible.”

Exceptional support for learners’ needs – breaking down barriers 
to success

Ofsted’s commendation underscores our commitment 
to inclusivity, creating an environment that recognises 
our students as individuals with individual needs and personalised support.

According to Ofsted:

“Leaders create an environment where students with 
high needs are welcomed and provided with the support 
to meet their needs.” 

“Teachers are quick to recognise the barriers to learning some students face and put appropriate support measures in place.”

“Leaders ensure curriculums help students and apprentices prepare for their next steps and progress to aspirational careers.”

This report reaffirms our commitment to providing the best possible learning experience for our students and ensuring that they are fully prepared 
for the next steps in their academic and 
professional lives.”

Elaine Bowker, Principal & Chief Executive The City of Liverpool College

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Our results

The City of Liverpool College
Overall effectiveness Good
Quality of education Good
Behaviour and attitudes   Good
Personal development      Outstanding
Leadership and management Good
Education programmes for young people Good
Adult learning programmes Outstanding
Apprenticeships Good
Provision for learners with high needs Good
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection Good

To be one of just a few colleges receiving such excellent marks testifies to the hard work and resilience of our teachers and students, plus the support of the wider community of Liverpool, 
who have worked so closely with us. We’re delighted to see the impact we have on students, 
employers and our communities recognised 
publicly in this report.

Elaine Bowker, Principal & Chief Executive The City of Liverpool College

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