Bridgend College has been awarded 11 ‘Excellent’ grades and 4 ‘Good’ grades in an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training, Estyn. The College also received the rare double ‘excellent’ for the College’s current performance and its prospect for improvement.

Bridgend College’s Principal Simon Pirotte, who came into post in 2013 and overseen a period of successful transformation in the College, despite severe cuts to funding, said “The inspection is a reflection of the dedication, innovative, and passion from our learners, staff, governors, and partners. We are extremely pleased that they high quality of our performance has been recognised in the judgements awarded to the College. We are very excited about the future.”

Over 20 inspectors spent 2 weeks looking at all aspects of the College from Teaching and Learning; Care, Support and Guidance to Leadership and the Effective use of Resources of its campuses in Bridgend, Pencoed, Maesteg, Queens Road and its Arts Academy in Cardiff.

The College has long prided itself on its sense of community and family ethos, which has been formally recognised in the report.

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones said “I would like to add my congratulations to the staff and students on their excellent Estyn inspection report. It is well deserved. The report highlights many of the College’s strengths… and that the college ‘provides a very welcoming and highly inclusive environment where learners from all backgrounds feel safe and well supported’.

Labour AM for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies commented “Everyone at Bridgend College should be immensely proud of this achievement, and I wish them all success now and in the future as they strive to deliver the very best for our learners of all ages, and the very best for our local economy, cultural life and our communities.”

The report highlights how the College learners “make very good progress from low starting points and achieve good standards” and “learners’ behaviour and attendance is exceptional”. It also highlights how “the curriculum is highly responsive to the needs of learners in its community” and “highly individualised and planned support for learning is available to all learners” meaning that “the college has established an exemplary ethos and culture, which is highly inclusive to all learners, particularly those with disabilities and additional learning needs”.

Mr Paul Croke, Chair of Governors at Bridgend College added “I am delighted with these excellent results and they are a testimony to the dedication of all our staff and learners. To achieve the rare “double excellent” result is very special indeed”

The report highlighted that “the outstanding progress that many learners make in developing their social skills and confidence during their time at the College is a significant strength of the College”. It goes on to recognise a culture that “supports staff to innovate and take risks” and its “strong and effective partnership” through “inspirational leadership”.

The full report can be accessed at: https://www.estyn.gov.wales/