A main finding of the Ofsted report is that outcomes for students are outstanding at Highbury - retention, pass and success rates are above the national averages for all subject areas. Here is what Highbury students think about the 2011 Ofsted Grade 1.
Gift Wobo - A Levels
The Ofsted Grade 1 means that I am getting the best education possible. It feels good and when you tell someone you've been to Highbury College they'll say ‘yeh, that's good'.
Rebecca Davies - Animal Care
I'm happy to go to a College that gets good grades. Hopefully, it will mean that I can get good grades too.
John Gent - Art & Design
The Ofsted Grade 1 means the College is getting it right. The tutors really encourage you to meet your goals and get your grades. They never let you give up.
Carl Smith - Brickwork
I feel privileged to be studying at such a high grade College. I knew the College was good but I didn't realise that it was this well thought of.
Jack Ryan - Carpentry & Joinery
The news is good. The way the staff help the students and the great facilities the College has makes it deserving of a Grade 1.
Clive Hider - Catering
It's great to be taking my course at a College that is outstanding. It means the course is good and will also look good on my CV.
Brad Devine - Electrical
I've had friends who have been to the College before I came. They have all succeeded and to hear the news that the College is a Grade 1 makes me know that I have made the right choice.
Daisy Parsons- Hairdressing
The Ofsted report proves that Highbury is a really good College. The staff are really helpful here. Being at a good college makes it easier for me to do well and get a good job at the end of it.
Roger Harris - Media Studies
It's good because it proves the quality of the teaching and the facilities are excellent.
James Blagden - Multicrafts
I'm glad that the College has got the Grade 1. I came here because I heard how good the College is. I'm glad I chose to come to Highbury College as it has helped me to achieve.
Kaisha Delph - Painting & Decorating
It's fab learning in a Grade 1 College. The level of teaching has made me enjoy my course and made me want to come back again next year.
Jack Gary Davenport - Performing Arts
I think the Ofsted grade is good because it's good to feel part of that and be at a college that is well known for outstanding achievement. When a university or drama school know that I'm from Highbury they'll be more likely to take me seriously than if I'd come from another college.
Ryan Ponting - Plumbing
I'm proud to training in a College like this. The training I'm getting is second to none.
Jordan Oakley - Sports Studies
It's very good to know that the College is successful. Gives you faith in the College. You are confident when you come here that you are going to do well.