A college in North England branded inadequate by Ofsted just four years after it was deemed outstanding is struggling to improve success rates.

The education watchdog carried out a monitoring visit to City of Liverpool College last month.

Its report on the revisit said the 14,000-learner college was making insufficient progress on advanced-level success rates, but reasonable progress tackling success rates on vocational courses.

There was also reasonable progress in every other element of monitoring, including self-assessment and improvement planning.

A joint statement from principal Elaine Bowker and her board of governors, read: “We are pleased to say this monitoring report reflects much of the progress we are making.

“In almost all areas assessed we have been deemed to be making ‘reasonable progress’ and there is some excellent narrative within the detail of the report. As a city college, any programme of change will take time and it is encouraging to see that Ofsted has recognised this.”

A Skills Funding Agency spokesperson told FE Week: “We are considering the actions to take in line with our published processes.”

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