Bridgend College continues to deliver excellence, scooping global recognition

Following a full inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspector Estyn in March 2022, Bridgend College’s final report outcomes have been published this week. The report, which can be viewed here, highlights the strong supportive and inclusive culture for learners and staff at the college.

We continue to build upon our previous ‘double excellent’ Estyn inspection result, achieving a number of prestigious awards in recent times.

In June, Deputy Principal, Viv Buckley, was awarded ‘Outstanding Educator’ at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics World Congress leadership summit held in Spain; international recognition of her impact and work within the post-16 education sector and at Bridgend College.

Our recently published Estyn report states that ‘Senior leaders, managers and college staff demonstrate a strong commitment and take appropriate action to highlight and address the principle of sustainable development. This covers many aspects of the college’s work, including curriculum development, accommodation strategies and resource procurement practices.’

This was reaffirmed as we won the UK Green Gown Award for the ‘2030 Climate Action’ category, going on to be shortlisted for the International Green Gown Awards, receiving a ‘highly commended’. As the only further education college in the world to be shortlisted, we were up against nine other finalists, all of whom were top universities from across the globe.

Principal and Chief Executive of Bridgend College, Simon Pirotte OBE said:

“I am incredibly proud of the sustained journey of success the college has been on since our previous Estyn inspection back in 2016. Achieving excellence is special, but maintaining it and improving takes commitment and dedication of incredible staff, governors and partners who create an inclusive environment for our learners to be happy, safe and successful.”

Responding to the publication of our Estyn Inspection report, Sarah Murphy MS for Bridgend and Porthcawl said:

“The pandemic has caused disruption and anxiety for many learners across our community. The Estyn Inspection Report for Bridgend College highlights how the College has adapted to continue their record of excellence as an educational establishment and put the well-being of learners and staff at the heart of their educational experience.

I am delighted to read the positive feedback from the report, namely the positive, caring and inclusive ethos, despite working in such challenging times.

I would like to thank the staff for their work throughout the pandemic and as we learn to live with it. Bridgend College remains a cherished and integral part of our community. Congratulations to everyone at the College for the success of the Estyn report.”

We have ambitious plans to open a new campus in Bridgend town centre in 2025, following a £30m investment in our new STEAM Academy at our Pencoed Campus last year.