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This Scorecard is designed to provide key information about South Gloucestershire and Stroud College; it is a quick reference tool so that you can see what we are doing to support our learners and businesses in the local community.

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Quality & Overall

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College is Good because:

Stats

86%learners achieving their main qualifications

The proportion of learners achieving their core qualifications is 86% and has remained high over the previous 4 academic years.

Many learners, both in College-based and on work-based provision, make very good progress from their starting points, developing vocational skills of a high order. Learners on academic courses make good progress and all learners speak very positively about the College.

Learners on full level 3 Vocational programmes progress very well; achieving a success rate of 88.3%, 1.4% above the representative national benchmark.

All learners, irrespective of background achieve well; results are remarkably consistent with minimal gaps in achievement across gender, disability and ethnic group; the promotion of equality and diversity issues within lessons helps to create a culture of respect between staff and learners.

Here is a quote from our latest Ofsted report:

Enthusiastic and skilled teachers often make good use of their extensive occupational experience to plan stimulating and challenging lessons, promoting learners' progress well, and reflecting the demands of employment and higher education.

Over the last four years, with significantly increased enrolments, a consistently high proportion of learners have gained their qualifications, having made very good progress with their studies.

Everyone in the college works with enthusiasm and commitment and strives to achieve aspirational targets for the college and its learners, who are well prepared for their future careers.

The percentage of good or better lessons is high at 86%.

There is a good use of innovative technology to engage and inspire learners in the classroom.

The College makes very good use of Learner Voice, with feedback being used to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment as well as the learner experience.

The College provides an inclusive environment in which previously under-achieving groups enjoy their learning and achieve high levels of success.

Leadership and management are outstanding; the Governing Body is ambitious and sets a clear direction for the institution which is well executed by the management team.

"The safeguarding of all learners is good. Staff and managers promote safety and well-being well, and learners report feeling safe across the college."

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Total Support Guarantee

The SGS Total Support Guarantee is designed to provide all learners with the support and guidance they need to successfully achieve their ambitions and potential. Our highly skilled teams of Learning Mentors and Progress Coaches help learners to access the right support when they need it, including additional learning support, pastoral and welfare support, and academic and study skills support.

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Sporting Achievements

Commentary

For over 15 years the Bristol Academy of Sport has enabled students to combine their passion for sport with the ability to access high quality academic education at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

In addition to outstanding academic provision, students enrolled on the Academy also benefit from exceptional sporting facilities, which were graded as Outstanding by OFSTED in 2015.

Achievements

In 2011/12 South Gloucestershire and Stroud College was voted the National Sports College of the Year by the School Sports Magazine.

Craig Miles made his first class Cricketing debut for Glos CCC whilst still a student at the College at the age of 16!

Taulupe Faletau made his full debut for Wales Rugby Union side versus South Africa and has since represented the British and Irish Lions.

Daruis Knight and Will Bailey starred in the Olympics and Paralympics in Table Tennis for Team GB. Bailey took a Silver Medal in singles and a bronze medal in the team as well as becoming world no1.

Gavin Rumgay and Criag Howieson won Bronze medals in the commonwealth championships representing Scotland.

Rajan Waterman became British champion at the British Disabled Table Tennis championships.

Ibrahima Diallo starred for Team GB in the Paralympic CP Football team and was the top goal scorer.

Montel Joseph has been selected as Goalkeeper for Trinidad and Tobago national team.

Jordan Smith was selected to represent the full England Men's Golf Team.

The Bristol Academy Women's FC squad (made up of past and present students) played in the FA Cup Final versus Arsenal in front of 17,000 spectators.

The SGS BAWFC FA Cup finalists in 2011 and 2013 were watched by over 1m viewers on the BBC.

Former golf academy Ali Balcombe qualified for and competed in The Open at St Andrews.

4 of the 4 current Welsh relay runners are present athletics academy students.

Former male football academy student Chris Lines turns professional and plays for clubs Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale.

Male basketball's senior side The Flyers make into top flight British basketball, the BBL.

Former athletics academy student Leon Reid represents GB in the 100m in 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Rownita Marston wins English Schools shot putt Bronze at Gateshead. Melissa Roberts was 4th in the 200m final.

Emily Wright placed 4th in the world youth championships long jump event.

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Learner Success

Judgement

The success rate achieved by learners at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College is very good at 86%.

Success rates for 16-18 year olds on long levels 2 and 3 courses are amongst the top 20% in the country.

AS level value added is significantly positive, with very good results in Physics, Mathematics, English Language, Law and Psychology.

The percentage of Learners who achieve their AS levels is high and about the national average.

Achievement rates in English and Maths are high. In GCSE English, achievement was 95% and Maths was 91% (at benchmark).

All learners, irrespective of background, achieve well; results are remarkably consistent with minimal gaps in achievement across gender, disability and ethnic group; the promotion of equality and diversity issues within lessons helps to create a culture of respect between staff and learners.

Evidence

Validated Self Assessment Report (College Data)

Overall Success Rates

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16-18 Success Rates

19+ Success Rates

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Learner Views

Evidence

  • Number of Student Governors: 2
  • Number of Student Representatives per course: 2
  • The Campus based Student Council is a subcommittee of many cross-College boards and the Student Parliament.
  • There is an active Student Union.

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Commentary

Learners at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College have many opportunities to make their voices heard to make a positive and confident contribution to the life of the College and the wider community.

An impressive 80% of SGS College HE students agreed with the NSS statement 'overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course'. The 2015 NSS results demonstrate positives across each of the survey's six main areas in measuring satisfaction, including: For Teaching on my Course, SGS College (89%) is 2 percentage points ahead of the Higher Education sector benchmark; for Assessment and Feedback, SGS College (81%) is 7 percentage points ahead of the sector benchmark and 3 percentage marks above the top quartile; for Academic Support, satisfaction has increased by 13 percentage points (83%) in the past year, putting SGS College ahead of the sector average.

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Learner Satisfaction

Judgement

98% of learners are satisfied with the quality of Teaching and Learning.

The overall level of satisfaction with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College is very high at 98%.

Voice of learner Engagement 2014 - 2015

Ofsted Learner Views Survey:

My Study Programme meets my needs

I receive the support I need to help me progress

I am given feedback that helps me to improve

I am enabled and empowered to use technology to suport my learning

I am treated fairly

My lessons are well taught

2015 National Student Survey: HE Survey

I am satisfied with the teaching on my course

I am satisfied with the assessment & feedback I receive

I am satisfied with the academic support I receive

I am satisfied with my personal development

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Employer Engagement

Commentary

SGS College works closely with the GFirst and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnerships to ensure our provision matches the employer and economic needs across our region. Our curriculum planning process is linked to the LEP Skills plans. The college provides training for employers through bespoke, full cost, adult-skills and apprenticeship programmes. The college places learners with employers through traineeships, apprenticeships, work experience, Suited Booted Recruited (programmes for the unemployed) and a developing recruitment service. A team of 11 staff work full time on employer engagement to promote apprenticeships to employers and fill vacancies. SGS College has over 1200 apprentices per year, on 26 frameworks at intermediate, advanced and higher levels. A partnership with the University of Gloucestershire offers progression routes to Degree Level Apprenticeships.

Evidence

Overall Apprenticeship Success Rates

Employer Repsonsive Success Rates

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Responsiveness

Stats

86%success rate achieved by learners

Commentary

The success rate achieved by learners at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College is outstanding, at 86%.

AS level value added is significantly positive, with very good results in Physics, Mathematics, English Language, Law and Psychology.

Achievement rates in English and Maths are high. In GCSE English, achievement was 95% and Maths was 91% (at benchmark).

All learners, irrespective of background, achieve well; results are remarkably consistent with minimal gaps in achievement across gender, disability and ethnic group; the promotion of equality and diversity issues, within lessons, helps to create a culture of respect between staff and learners.

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Employer Satisfaction

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95%Employer satisfaction

Commentary

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College builds excellent partnerships with employers and local enterprise partnerships so that they view the College as a trusted place to recruit staff and are highly productive for learners.

View Ofsted Employer View Results

Evidence

Figures based on 22 responses up to 26/11/2014

Would you recommend this provider to ther employers?

Further survey results from Ofsted:

SGS works well with organisations to review individual employee's progress and to plan their future training needs taking into account the objectives and outcomes the employer expects (91%).

90% said that SGS ensured that the training is up to date and relevant so that employees develop a broad understanding and knowledge of their chosen career.

This provider ensures that all employees receive the support, feedback and additional training in employability skills they need to help them progress successfully (91%)

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Community Cohesion

Evidence

Sources of Information

  • College SAR 2014/15
  • Learner Surveys
  • Learner Voice

Judgement

Here is a quote from our latest Ofsted report:

"The multi-faith chaplaincy is well established and represents six major world faiths. It is at the heart of the college's good arrangements to advise and protect learners in relation to radicalisation. Learners' behaviour is good and disciplinary processes are based on positive behaviours and restorative justice. The college offers a very supportive learning environment for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities."

The curriculum at the College is inclusive, offering opportunities at all levels and clear progression routes in all curriculum areas (except catering and motor vehicle which are not offered). It meets the needs of learners and the local communities very well.

Here is a quote from our latest Ofsted report:

"Community learning is very good. Learners gain huge confidence and essential performing and exhibiting skills through the diverse and inspirational opportunities the college and community partners provide. These include Halloween performances, art exhibitions in Stroud Museum and the displaying of work in a local hospital. Learners confidently utilise 'smart' technologies to share work electronically through 'blogs' and sharing platforms."

Arrangements for learners to contribute their views and influence developments are extensive and inclusive. The views of learners and employers were used effectively to improve teaching and learning and learners speak positively about the quality of teaching, being treated like adults, taking control of their own learning and the respectful atmosphere fostered at the College.

Learners make a very positive contribution to the College, the local community and are well prepared to achieve economic wellbeing. Students on all full-time programmes develop skills that contribute to their future economic wellbeing by taking part in work experience.

The Work Placement Team supported 448 learners through the work placement process, advising Health & Social Care, Early Years, Health & Beauty, Pathways, In-Gear, IT and A Level.

Sports provision is outstanding; the College is very successful at local, regional and national level and even international success is not uncommon.

Leaders and managers work highly productively with local, regional and national partners. They ensure that skills needs are met and wide curriculum is developed and well-resourced, to the benefit of learners across Gloucestershire and West of England local enterprise partnership areas.

There is a strong sense of belonging and respect among staff, learners, stakeholders and the community, based on the fact that learners enjoy themselves, are successful and speak enthusiastically about the College and the positive impact it has on their lives.

The College is a tolerant and friendly community where all feel safe and success and progress is high.

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Health & Wellbeing

Commentary

At South Gloucestershire and Stroud College safeguarding is good, learners feel very safe and the arrangements for safeguarding are very good. Our culture of sporting excellence provides many opportunities and activities for all learners to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The rapport between staff and learners is excellent, building confidence and ensuring learners feel safe.

Equality and Diversity are promoted through the effective management of student behaviour. High levels of respect and dignity are consistently and constantly reinforced in lessons and throughout the College. All learners are aware of their Rights and Responsibilities and a culture of polite and courteous behaviour is fostered. Bullying and discrimination are tackled very effectively both within the classroom and throughout the College; as a result 98% of learners feel safe.

Learners feel safe at the College and a high proportion (90%) would recommend the College to a friend; confirming that the College’s reputation is very good.

The College fulfils its statutory duties for safeguarding and arrangements and practices are very good.

The College is a tolerant and friendly community where all feel safe and success and progress is high.

Evidence

SGS Learners feel safe

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Higher Education

Commentary

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College has a vibrant and growing community of Higher Education learners studying a diverse range of programmes from Integrated Wildlife Conservation to Musical Theatre.

The University of Gloucestershire has formed a 10 year Alliance with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and Gloucestershire College. The strategy is to focus on addressing cold spots, articulation routes for our existing learners and to develop a broader offer within the region. Sport, The Arts, Wildlife, Media and Performing Arts are areas of particular expertise with outstanding grading from Ofsted and exceptional facilities, two year fast-track degrees will be part of this offer.

In addition the College offers several professional qualification at level 4, 5 and 6. Professional bodies include CIPS, CIPD, ILM and CIM. We have been awarded the CIPS centre of Excellence for the 7th year running and deliver a large MOD procurement contract to 200 + students on levels 4 and above.

An impressive 80% of SGS College HE students agreed with the NSS statement 'overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course'. The 2015 NSS results demonstrate positives across each of the survey's six main areas in measuring satisfaction, including: For Teaching on my Course, SGS College (89%) is 2 percentage points ahead of the Higher Education sector benchmark; for Assessment and Feedback, SGS College (81%) is 7 percentage points ahead of the sector benchmark and 3 percentage marks above the top quartile; for Academic Support, satisfaction has increased by 13 percentage points (83%) in the past year, putting SGS College ahead of the sector average.

Evidence

HE learner overall satisfaction with SGS (12/13)

HE learner satisfaction with Teaching and Learning (12/13)

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Disclaimer

SGS College makes every endeavour to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the scorecard and can supply additional information upon request. Information in the Scorecard in will be updated as new information becomes available.

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