WATCHDOGS have praised the teaching at Sparsholt College following their latest inspection.

Ofsted said students at the sixth-form site continue to experience good teaching and develop “outstanding” practical and technical skills with college leaders having “successfully improved the quality of the student experience and student outcomes”

Hailing the college’s achievements the inspectors said that since their last inspection in 2014, “leaders, managers and governors have continued to provide a consistent good quality of education for students”.

They added the college had gone from strength to strength across the board having “successfully improved the quality of the student experience and student outcomes” with “improved achievements for students on 16 to 19 programmes, for the majority of adult learners and for those apprentices on programmes directly delivered by [college] staff.”

Inspectors went into a wide variety of lessons to see the everyday classroom experience of students, and found “students continue to experience good teaching and effective assessment of their work” where they “develop good, and sometimes outstanding, practical and technical skills”.

Responding to the report, principal Tim Jackson said: “Inspectors saw the college operating in a normal way and validates our everyday commitment to exceptionally high standards and support for students. I am so pleased the skills, knowledge and expertise of our teachers, many of whom have national reputations in their specialist fields, was so clearly acknowledged in the report.

“We already train the experts of the future and in addition to our excellent reputation in agriculture, horticulture and equine and veterinary nursing, we have a well-established national and international reputation in many areas, including fishery management, animal management, zoo animal management and game and wildlife where former students are now well established professionals.”