South Devon College is officially outstanding!

South Devon College celebrated a remarkable transformation after recently enjoying a truly ‘outstanding’ inspection result following a rigorous investigation by Ofsted – the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.  It was decreed by Ofsted that South Devon College’s quality of provision is ‘Outstanding.’

The Inspectors found that the areas investigated were ‘Outstanding’, including:

…and a variety of approaches to inclusion so that all at South Devon College can achieve. This is a ringing endorsement of the college mission – ‘Inspiring our community through learning for all.’

It caps a remarkable turnaround for South Devon College. In March 2002 it had an overall unsatisfactory inspection. The new leadership team focused on teaching and learning, supported by staff, governors, employers and the community and this meant that within three years, Ofsted rated the college as ‘Good’. But this was not enough for an ambitious college.  They were aiming for ‘Outstanding’.A new campus was designed to create a dynamic atmosphere where people achieve. Ofsted commented on the ‘university’ style, making it an ideal place for young people and adults to study at a campus that prepares them for university. Ofsted commented that the campus design is ‘imaginative and engenders a sense of pride and promotes a highly purposeful atmosphere. Specialist equipment and resources are of a very high quality’.

As former South Devon College Principal Heather Maxwell OBE said:

This is a fantastic result – and a tribute to the efforts of all our staff supported by our governors and the community we serve. Everyone here has worked incredibly hard to achieve such an excellent result and I am delighted that Ofsted has judged our work to be ‘Outstanding.’

At SouthDevonCollege we are ambitious for our learners, our staff and the people of South Devon. We continuously strive for perfection, which for us is achieved through providing inspirational teaching and learning. All students are equally important and we are passionate about their success.

I would like to thank the people of South Devon for their support and encouragement over the past six and a half years. There is now within South Devon an ‘Outstanding’ college where young people can achieve their aspirations and succeed.

I am very proud of our success and proud of everyone who has contributed to it.”

At the conclusion of the visit, Inspectors for Ofsted outlined South Devon College’s key strengths as follows:

Report highlights include:

South Devon High School receives highest commendation at initial inspection

Please read the full Ofsted report here

South Devon High School received a fantastic endorsement from Ofsted during its first inspection, which took place in May 2015. During a monitoring visit Ofsted reported that the High School, South Devon College’s provision for direct entry for 14-16 year olds, had made ‘significant’ progress since launching in September 2014; the highest commendation possible during an initial inspection.

Key findings include:

Visit South Devon High School to find out more.


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