Top marks for ‘outstanding’ Boston College

BOSTON College is ‘outstanding’ - it is official.

The assessment comes after an inspection by the education watchdog Ofsted in March, which focused on the residential provision for learners under the age of 18.

The college retains the quality rating received in January 2008.

“This Ofsted inspection provided us with the opportunity to showcase what we do as a college on a day to day basis and evidenced that high standards of learner welfare and safeguarding are embedded in the services we provide,” said David McMillan, head of quality improvement at the college. “Outstanding provision is not just achieved during the inspection process, it is a culmination of everything we do every day of the year and is testament to the dedication and professionalism of our staff and learners.”

The college was inspected against 47 national care standards intended to safeguard and promote the welfare of young people who have their accommodation provided for or arranged by the college. The college was then judged over seven elements/requirements scoring outstanding in all-but-one, achieving a ‘good’ grade for economic wellbeing.

This represents an improvement on the 2008 inspection when it received ‘outstanding’ in four sections and ‘good’ in the remainder.

The report’s summary states that learners are ‘provided with outstanding support’ from ‘professional and conscientious’ staff.

It adds: “The college’s core values are promoted well in practice, which means that all learners are treated fairly and equally. Learners feel safe on all college campuses and this adds value to their learning and residential experiences.”

The report also highlighted the ‘supportive and effective leadership’ from managers, resulting in staff being ‘clearly focused and guided in the support they provide to learners’.

The report made just one recommendation, but stated this had a ‘low impact on the learners’.

This was to ‘ensure all staff, including the security guards on site, have been given briefing or training on responding to suspicions or allegations of abuse and know what action they should take in response to such suspicions or allegations’.