APC NEWS

Ofsted Rate West Sussex Alternative Provision Centre as ‘Good’

Following the two day Ofsted inspection on 8th and 9th July, we have great pleasure in announcing that our college has been rated as ‘Good’ overall.  This is an excellent result to build upon and further develop what we believe will ultimately become an excellent provision.
Inspectors observed 17 lessons, met with students, teachers, senior leaders, the governing body and representatives from the local authority and the final report published on 4th September said WSAPC is a good school where the needs of individual pupils are considered effectively.  It reports:
‘teaching is good. The work given to pupils takes good account of what they already know and can do. This supports their re-engagement with education well.’
‘pupils make good progress at the college. This includes more able pupils as well as those who have a home-based or virtual learning programme. Pupils of all ages typically learn at a good pace in a range of subjects. Some pupils make outstanding progress in lessons and over time’, and ‘those pupils who successfully return to mainstream schools are well prepared to continue their studies.’
The Co-Head Teachers, Sheila Carroll and Doug Thomas, are extremely pleased to receive a good report after just one year and stated:
“The comments of the inspection team make very pleasant reading and reflect the excellent commitment and teamwork that is embedded in all centres in order to maximize the outcomes for our students.”
“Congratulations and thanks go to all staff and students who made this GOOD judgment possible.”
The full OFSTED report can be accessed by clicking here (Ofsted Inspection 2014).
Should you wish to comment on the report, please do so via our contact page.

Head of Centre Visits New York

 

Our Head of Centre for Crawley, Mr McConnell, Visits New York

The ESU Walter Hines-Page Scholarship

Every year scholarships sponsored by the English-Speaking Union and NASUWT are awarded to teachers from the United Kingdom to research an area of education in the United States or Canada. Most travel, accommodation and living expenses during the tour are covered by the award.

In April 2013 after application and interview I was chosen as one of the NASUWT teachers to undertake this scholarship. My research proposal was to compare the experiences of young people excluded from mainstream education in West Sussex with the New York State Department of Education. I spent 3 weeks experiencing schools in New York and talking to teachers, politicians and young people all over New York City. I am currently writing my full report… watch this space.

Artsmark Award

We are pleased to announce that the West Sussex Alternative Provision College has successfully obtained the ‘GOLD’ Artsmark award. We are currently in the process of building our gallery which will demonstrate all the good work that goes on in our centres so please keep a close eye on our website to ensure you don’t miss out on viewing some of the superb art work created by our very talented young people.

Visit the Arts Council website to see more about the Artsmark award http://www.artsmark.org.uk/