THE turnaround in standards at Kirklees College has been little short or remarkable.
When principal Peter McCann joined the college in May last year it was rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, but last month the same inspectors were back and noticed a massive improvement and they have now rated it as ‘good’ with some ‘outstanding’ features.
It shows once again that it’s absolutely critical to have the right person in the top job. Motivation is the key to such leadership which cascades throughout an organisation, drawing out the best in others who may have found it hard to shine before.
Kirklees College is there to give its students a real chance of a job – and that’s more important now than ever before with dozens of people chasing each vacancy.
And this is clear in the Ofsted statement that teachers are vocational experts with learners benefiting greatly from their first-hand industry knowledge.
In short, the lecturers know what they are talking about and can put it across to the students in language they understand.
And with the move to the Waterfront now due to take place in September the future looks exceptionally bright not only for the college but for all the thousands of students who will go there in the future.