Sixth biggest college falls from good to inadequate

The latest inadequate grading from Ofsted has emerged less than 24 hours after the government announced plans for a new FE Commissioner to challenge failing colleges.

The 30,000-learner City of Bristol College has fallen from a 2010 good grading following inspection last month.

The college, which was the sixth biggest in England, with a turnover of £67.5m for the year ending July 31, 2011, according to the Skills Funding Agency, has released a statement on the grading.

However, the report itself has not been published by Ofsted yet.

Principal Lynn Merilion said improvements were already under way.

FE Week will be covering the report, including further reaction from the Bristol college, in full when it has been released.

City of Liverpool College fell from a 2009 outstanding grade to inadequate around three weeks ago.

Principal Elaine Bowker said there was a “strong commitment [at the college] to tackling any weaknesses”.

The government has said the FE Commissioner, who will be able to call for failing colleges to be shut down, was expected to be in place for September.

UPDATE: Read the FE Week follow-up article here.