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Waltham Forest College has been on an incredible journey of growth and transformation, culminating in the recent Outstanding grade which Ofsted awarded to the college in March. We in the AoC Executive Recruitment team would like to congratulate the college on this brilliant achievement, while also reflecting on some of its successes over the last few years.

As evidenced in its Ofsted grade, the college delivers excellent educational outcomes, with results in the top 3% of colleges nationwide. Yet it is the wider achievements that are really impressive; in the last few years it has been awarded the Mayor of London quality kitemark for six areas of provision and has been designated as a World Skills national training centre for excellence, while also gaining organisation-wide Matrix accreditation and becoming the first college in London to gain status as a Good Work Employer.

Naturally this has led to the college being seen as a first-choice destination and student numbers have increased year on year, with 16-19 numbers up by a third since 2020. Their overall income has grown by around £10million and their offer has expanded hugely, in line with employer needs and skills gaps, as well as the reintroduction of A levels from September. The college has also enjoyed an Outstanding financial health rating consecutively for the last three years.

Janet Gardner, Principal and CEO at the college said: “I am delighted Ofsted has recognised the exceptional student experience at Waltham Forest College and how this transforms the lives of thousands of students each year. The whole staff team work relentlessly in their drive to support our students and ensure they achieve the very best outcomes to progress. The strong collaborations with employers, partners and stakeholders further supports the overall experience and ensures the college continues to meet local, regional and national skills’ needs”.

The AoC Executive Recruitment team is delighted at Ofsted’s recognition of Waltham Forest College’s strength and we have no doubt that the college will continue to have a remarkable impact, raising aspirations and creating futures in line with their mission.