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.
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.