Oxfordshire further education college in the top 10 in the country

Abingdon & Witney College

Staff and students at an Oxfordshire college are celebrating after coming in the top 10 for a national league table.

Abingdon & Witney College has made the NICDEX list which measures the annual performance of further education colleges in England.

This is released every year by FE Week in partnership with Pearson, and is creates the table using official statistics from the Department of Education.

Four major areas are covered in the NICDEX, with 10 being the maximum that can be achieved by colleges in each; learner satisfaction, employer satisfaction, 16-18 positive progression, and adults progressing into employment.

Abingdon & Witney College scored 32 in total, placing them seventh out of 183 colleges. This also included a maximum score of 10 in the employer satisfaction category.

Alongside this success, the college’s apprenticeship programme has also achieved national recognition.

More than half of the employers it works with provided feedback for the Government’s 2017-18 FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey, resulting in a 96.2% satisfaction rating.

This rating once again placed the college as the seventh highest in England and follows on from a suite of regional and national apprenticeship achievements over the past two years, along with an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted in May 2017.

Di Batchelor, Principal and College Chief Executive, said: “Every year, we set ourselves high standards to provide the best teaching and training for our students and apprentices, and to deliver quality services to the employers we work with.

“Being ranked in the top 10 colleges in England helps to justify the fantastic work our staff do day in, day out, and shows the passion and success of our students progressing onto positive destinations after they leave us, whether it’s to start a career, higher education or another course with us.”