Ofsted inspectors say Coulsdon Sixth Form College is improving
UNDER-FIRE Coulsdon Sixth Form College is improving, according to the education watchdog Ofsted.
Inspectors visited on April 26 to see how things had changed since the college was rated 'inadequate' in October 2011.
They said the 1,300-student college had made "reasonable progress" in all areas, including leadership, academic support and retention rates.
Lead inspector Richard Moore outlined a range of measures the college had put in place, including staff changes, training and new performance targets.
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He said managers had "raised expectations of their staff" which has created a "more purposeful atmosphere".
Mr Moore added the college, in Placehouse Lane, has taken strong steps to improve science and maths teaching.
He noted that staff felt their training was "of better quality and more relevant to their needs".
And he said staff training has led to teachers taking a more challenging approach, which is "encouraging students to fulfil their potential".
The college was also praised for making progress in stopping students dropping out.
However, Mr Moore said progress towards improving attendance and punctuality was "inadequate".
He said that attendance had improved "only marginally" since the last inspection and that issues of "excessive absence and lateness continue to disrupt learning".