Strode scores outstanding clean sweep

A Somerset college has scored a clean sweep of outstanding headline ratings in a glowing Ofsted report.

Strode College, in Street, became the first college this academic year to achieve a grade one result — and the ninth since the new Common Inspection Framework was introduced in September 2012.

It got grade ones in each of the headline fields and a further 16 outstanding ratings out of 20, with the remaining grades all ‘good’. It won praise from the education watchdog for its English and maths provision, wide range of courses and governors’ “clear and ambitious vision”.

The report, published at the end of last month, bumped Strode College up from grade two. Principal James Staniforth said: “Our teachers and support staff are among the most talented, experienced and dedicated that I have ever known.”

He added he was “particularly delighted” with the outstanding judgement for teaching and learning.