Highbury College’s latest intervention assessment by the Further Education Commissioner has commended the “positive culture across the college with managers more empowered and engaged, and staff now working well together.

Further Education Commissioner praises ‘positive culture’ at Highbury

Published in October 2020, the report highlights the significant impact that the strong interim, leadership and governance team has made on morale and culture of the College.

The report reads: “Effective leadership and communication from the interim principal/CEO have improved staff morale and the culture of the college. The staff survey, and staff and trade union feedback, all reflect a significant step-change in openness and trust.”

The report goes on to praise the College’s approach to the Covid-19 pandemic describing arrangements responding to government guidance to be “sound and safe”.

The College recently launched its Digital Device scheme, purchasing more than 200 remote-ready laptops for students and apprentices to use alongside their practical lessons. Throughout the pandemic, staff have continued to support learners to complete their qualifications and transition into employment or further study, including essential NHS pharmaceutical apprentices who were granted special permission to sit exams during the height of lockdown. 

The latest general further education success rates place Highbury College top in the area and well above the national average for 16-18 achievement at 86%, with adults topping 93%. Over 80% of the qualifications gained by students fall within the skill priority areas for Portsmouth and are helping to build and maintain the economy of the city and its surrounds.

Penny Wycherley, Interim Principal and CEO of Highbury College, said: “The outstanding success rates are a testament to our utterly dedicated teaching and support staff. Staff have shown real ‘blitz spirit’ throughout the pandemic and their passion and commitment to teaching and our learners has shone through.  I’m delighted the FE Commissioner has recognised the change in culture and morale, and we look forward to welcoming the FE Commissioner and his team back to Highbury soon.”

Download the full report here.

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  • Date 12/10/2020