Havering Adult College received top marks from Ofsted after it was awarded its highest ever mark by inspectors.

Following their October visit to the college, which is based at the Bower Park Centre in Romford, inspectors marked it as good overall in their report, which was published on Friday (5 December), noting that outcomes for learners, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, effectiveness of leadership and community learning were all good.

Inspectors highlighted how teaching at the college, which offers a range of courses for adult learners, had led to good achievement and positive development of learner’s confidence, social skills and employment prospects.

The report read:

“All learners on employability courses achieve their qualifications, the high quality of mentoring contributed to their good progression to employment. Many of those who find employment have been unemployed for 18 months or more.”

The college was also praised for its ‘commitment to equality and diversity’ and its ‘harmonious, respectful and inclusive atmosphere.’

Following the last inspection in June 2012, the college was judged as satisfactory, highlighting key areas for improvement, which staff worked hard to address ahead of this inspection.

Councillor Meg Davis, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said:

“I am delighted that the inspectors were so impressed by the improvement made by staff at the college, and well done to everyone who worked so hard to achieve this.

“I’m proud that in this borough we’re providing excellent learning opportunities for people of all ages, and it’s particularly encouraging to see how the college is helping people into employment, people who have in some cases been unemployed for a year or more.”

Inspectors also praised the college and Havering Council for working closely together to ensure it meets the needs of the community in the courses it provides.

The college is currently recruiting for courses beginning in the New Year, to find out more about the varied range of courses available visit www.haveringadultcollege.co.uk