EN’s amazing track record of being consistently ‘Good’ for over 38 years has been maintained following a recent inspection by education watchdog Ofsted.

Following their two-day inspection late February, inspectors confirmed that the College continues to be ‘Good’. This means that EN remains the only 'Good' College across all areas in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

EN Principal, Dr Catherine Richards said; “I am delighted by the outcome of this latest inspection. It means that we continue to provide a consistently high level of teaching to our students and help them to succeed in their studies. The inspectors recognised staff as being ‘experts in their subjects’ and students for being ‘passionate about their studies.” As a team, we work tirelessly to ensure that we maintain our high standards and put our students at the heart of everything we do. The result of the recent inspection is a testament to that hard work and commitment.”

In their report, the inspection team highlighted many areas of strength. Students were praised for being ‘passionate about their studies…highly motivated to achieve well and value their time in learning’ and ‘for making swift progress in gaining skills beyond their vocational and academic subjects’. As a result, ‘they broaden their knowledge beyond the content of formal qualifications’.

EN staff were also recognised for being ‘experts in their subjects’ and for ‘planning the curriculum carefully to ensure students systematically build new knowledge’. They were also praised for ensuring students are well prepared for their exams and as a result…students succeed, and many achieve the high grades to which they aspire’.

The College has implemented a number of new initiatives that are only available to students at the Gorleston campus including the Combined Cadet Force, the Enhance programme and Level 4 provision. Inspectors noted how this vast offer of additional activities has a positive impact on their learning and enables them to develop skills outside of their qualifications.

Dr Richards added: “East Norfolk has always had a reputation for being a fantastic place to study. I have always believed that EN is a good College, and to have that confirmed yet again by OFSTED is a real accolade. It also sends an incredibly powerful message to the local community and future generations of students that EN has a consistent record of success which they can be part of.”

The College’s Trustees were also singled out for praise where inspectors noted that ‘They are well-informed about skills gaps and priorities within their locality and plan to meet these needs. Students therefore develop skills that enable them to gain employment locally and ensure that students bring higher level skills back to the area once they have completed higher education’.

Chair of Trustees, Lorna Anderson, said: “Everyone connected with the College should be very proud of the results of this latest OFSTED inspection. Not only does it mean that the College continues to maintain its reputation as one of the leading sixth form providers in the country, it also highlights to local students, parents and businesses, that they have access to an excellent sixth form and some incredibly talented students.”