Lewisham Southwark College is back on the right track after receiving a much-improved Ofsted report following a damning inspection last spring.
The special monitoring visit took place on July 16, five months after the college received a second consecutive ‘inadequate’ rating at the end of March.
Things were much more positive this time round, however, with the report noting that staff were “well placed to bring about improvement” and that a “sensible and streamlined organisational structure is in place”.
It added: “The new leaders and senior managers have brought a new energy to the College. They are already establishing a different culture in which staff, while being much more responsible and accountable for success in their areas of work, are also allowed the freedom to make changes they deem necessary and given the support to achieve change”.
Principal Carole Kitching (pictured), who took over earlier this year, said she was “delighted” with the results of the latest inspection and pledged to continue the college’s improvement.
She said: “I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised that the hard work of our staff is resulting in improvements across the board for all our students. I am determined that the pace of improvement will accelerate in the weeks to come with our all new permanent senior team now in place from some of the best Colleges in the country.”