Cheshire College celebrating after ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

Governors, staff and learners at Cheshire College – South & West are celebrating after Ofsted rated the College “Good”. This is the first full inspection since South Cheshire College and West Cheshire College merged in March 2017.

Ofsted praised the College for its “highly-effective” education programmes, which meet the specific needs and aspirations of learners and extends beyond the knowledge and skills needed to complete their qualifications.

Dhesi, Principal and CEO, commented: “Learners and Apprentices at our College are able to flourish as a result of good-quality education and the opportunities made available to them.

“We strive to enhance every experience, ensuring learners know that we want them to be successful and enjoy their learning.”

Ofsted highlighted how College leaders and teachers have high expectations for learners, including those with Special Educational Needs, and what they can achieve on education programmes. Learners were praised for their behaviour, which contributes to a professional, friendly and positive environment across all Campuses.

Inspectors summarised that the curriculum is carefully planned, with considerations to the content and delivery of programmes, enabling learners to gain a basic insight before carrying out complex tasks, that inspire and motivate.

Teachers encourage learners on programmes at all levels to be ambitious, providing them with substantial knowledge and skills. For example, learners on Level 1 Information Technology courses are given the skills needed to pursue a career in Cyber Security.

In addition, learners and Apprentices at the College are able to undertake additional qualifications to enhance their skills. For example, Engineering Apprentices study extra modules in paint technology, so they leave with a detailed understanding of the wide range of roles within industry and the requirements needed to carry out their specific role to the highest standards.

Inspectors were particularly impressed with the range of support learners can access at College, including the valuable careers guidance and pastoral care. Noting “support helps increase their resilience so that they continue with their studies and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become successful in achieving their next steps.”

Eryk Nowicki, 18, from Ellesmere Port, the College’s Student President said: “We are lucky to have the opportunity to learn in a warm, welcoming, fun and diverse College, where we are treated like adults and make friends for life!

“Teachers push us to excel, raise our aspirations and give us the confidence to achieve.”

Dhesi commented: “One of the most pleasing elements of the feedback was that, in Ofsted’s view, we are very much a single College, with three Campuses serving the very different communities equally well. It was fantastic to see that Ofsted recognised our hard work to achieve this.”

The report highlights how successful the College is in meeting “regional and local needs to the communities in which the Campuses are located.”

He continued: “It is clear that the employers and universities we work in close partnership with value our contribution to their organisation and their learners.

“We will continue to work with employers, universities and other organisations, to strengthen this bond, ensuring that our learners progress to employment or higher-level learning with strong values and skills, allowing them to make a positive contribution to society.”

Dhesi recognised all the hard work by Governors, staff and wider stakeholders working together to collaborate on the outstanding journey that led to this achievement.

Dhesi concluded: “We are thrilled with this result. I would like to personally thank the staff, learners and stakeholders for the vital role they continue to play at Cheshire College – South & West.

“We have reached a milestone on our journey as a new College”.

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port & Chester Campuses) or visit