A home-from-home for young mariners studying at South Shields Marine School is shipshape, according to education watchdogs.
Ofsted has rated the halls of residence at South Tyneside College - home of the world-famous Marine School and now part of the new Tyne Coast College – as ‘outstanding’ for the second time in a row.
The resourceful and accomplished leadership promotes high expectations for what all students can achieve, regardless of their individual backgrounds and needs.Ofsted inspectors
All three inspection categories – overall experiences and progress, how well young people are helped and protected, and the effectiveness of leaders and managers – were judged first class.
College leaders were also praised for their proactive approach to continuous improvement and found those who stay on-site achieve more than their non-residential peers.
For non-marine students staying at the halls, high levels of support ensured they also made ‘excellent’ progress
In their report, inspectors Simon Morley and Tina Ruffles said: “Leadership and management are excellent and provide students with high levels of support and thoroughly prepare them for their future careers.
“The resourceful and accomplished leadership promotes high expectations for what all students can achieve, regardless of their individual backgrounds and needs.
“Furthermore, the committed and proactive management of the residential provision ensures that students thrive.
“Targeted additional support over and above what would normally be expected inspires students to achieve.
“There is a successful balance of nurturing students and promoting their self-discipline and responsibility, that delivers results.”
The inspection was carried out over three days in May..
The inspectors added: “There is a welcoming, friendly environment that promotes tolerance and diversity and puts students’ welfare first.
“The staff are approachable, open and act with integrity.
“This provides students with high-quality care and support, and the relationships between students and staff are highly beneficial.”