A HEREFORD college has received top marks following an Ofsted inspection last month.

Hereford College of Arts, which was previously judged to have ‘good’ overall effectiveness, has now been found to be ‘outstanding’ in its overall effectiveness and in all seven Ofsted categories: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, education programmes for young people, adult learning programmes and provision for learners with high needs.

The report highlighted students’ in-depth knowledge, understanding and creative skills often beyond their level of study, and praised the highly inclusive, supportive and individual culture that sets up students to achieve success whilst developing their confidence and resilience.

It is said in the report that a very high proportion of students at the college achieve their vocational qualifications. A significant number of learners achieve high grades and almost all adult students achieve their qualifications and move on to higher education following their studies.


Principal Abigail Appleton said: “I am thrilled the Ofsted inspectors recognised how inclusive the Hereford College of Arts’ community is as well as just how highly ambitious we are for student success in their next steps in education or employment, through a very rigorous inspection.

“I am immensely proud of the whole staff team, all our expert and passionate academic and professional services staff, but also of the students, governors, parents/guardians, colleagues in partner education institutions and the wider community of businesses, other organisations and individuals in Herefordshire and elsewhere who have helped the college achieve this ‘Outstanding’ judgement.”