PART of Eastleigh College’s Winchester Campus has been named ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for its fifth consecutive inspection.

College House in Compton has been recognised for providing the highest standards of further education since it was first opened in 2004, and has never been rated lower than ‘outstanding’.

The site provides both courses and residential care to students aged 16 to 19 with moderate learning disabilities, and is the only provision of its kind in the country to be attached to a mainstream college.

Tracey McAdam, Eastleigh College’s Winchester campus manager, said: “Almost all our students have come from specialist schools that cater exclusively for young people with learning difficulties and we are their first experience of inclusive education.

“We’re thrilled to be recognised as Outstanding once again. The inspections are un-announced and very student-focused looking not only at their experience, but also their outcomes and progression.

“We have a superb and dedicated team here at College House, and also at Eastleigh College where the students go three days a week to work towards their qualifications.

“We really individualise our support, balancing the provision of college education with the need to enhance independent living skills, community activities and social development.”

Ofsted stated that the college provides “consistent highly effective services”, and “contributes to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for young people”.

The report also highlighted that staff are well supported by leaders and managers.

Matthew Woodyard, 19, has recently completed a Skills for Independence and Work course.

He said: “I’ve become independent and been able to meet up with my friends outside of college.”