College is HMIE's top pick for the second time

28th January 2011 at 00:00

South Lanarkshire College has been judged the best further education establishment in Scotland for the second time in HMIE's four-yearly cycle of college inspections.

The inspectorate's glowing report on the East Kilbride-based establishment, published today, contains not a single point for action.

HMIE says it has "full confidence" in all aspects of the college, and identifies six points of "excellent practice" and "sector-leading and innovative practice". These include the college's focus on getting students into employment and its ground-breaking work in delivering new courses on low-energy, low-carbon approaches.

College principal Stewart McKillop said: "No other college in Scotland has received such a positive HMIE report. It is a tremendous accolade and a reflection of both the commitment and high quality of staff and also student work."

Student president Katie McCall, who took part in the HMIE review process, described it as a "very positive experience".

In its report, HMIE published four unconditional statements of confidence that:

- learners are progressing well and achieving relevant, high-quality outcomes;

- the college has in place high-quality learning and teaching processes;

- learners are actively engaged in enhancing their own learning and the work and life of the college;

- and the college is well led and enhancing the quality of its services for learners.

In its summary of key strengths, inspectors described the educational leadership and management of the college as "outstanding".

Attainment rates were "consistently very high and well above sector- average values", while teaching and guidance staff were praised for their guidance and support.

elizabeth.buie@tes.co.uk.

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