College recieves 'Outstanding' Ofsted result for their residential provision in May 2023 in all areas; the experience and progress of young people, how well young people are helped and protected and the effectiveness of leaders and managers. 

Inspectors highlighted how well college staff know their students and how effective communication ensures students feel valued, respected, and listened to, which in turn means students are confident in voicing their thoughts and opinions. 

The report also highlights the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion which is evident across the campus with an environment that is thoughtfully designed to promote emotionally and psychologically safe or sensory spaces for students to be calm and relax.  

There is a strong culture of acceptance and tolerance, noting that this is a meaningful asset in the college community. Students say they feel safe at the college and whilst living in its residential accommodation. Students referred to the college as a ‘close-knit community where the staff that support them, as part of their ‘wider family’. One student told inspectors, ‘This place has changed my life.’ 

Jeremy Kerswell, Principal of the College said “We could not be more pleased about the outcome of this inspection. It totally reflects the care and attention all our students receive every single day, and the sense of community the inspectors witnessed was so rewarding as we continuously strive to create an environment here at Plumpton in which students flourish.   

College receives Outstanding results in Ofsted inspection

Inspectors noted the students flourish in a positive and inclusive culture at the college and celebrate one another’s differences and enjoy learning in a diverse environment. Inspectors also found that students value the purposeful and professional working environment at the college, which replicates the industries they wish to progress into. All students therefore have very positive attitudes to learning, they enjoy their studies and are motivated to be successful. The majority of students progress to positive destinations.

Principal Jeremy Kerswell shares: “I am incredibly proud of our college community; staff, students, parents and employers and I’m delighted that their hard work and dedication to education has been recognised by the inspection team. 

These results demonstrate our unwavering commitment to students graduating Plumpton College career ready, with more than just a qualification. Our teachers are dual professionals, with exceptional sector knowledge and skills, and honed pedagogical skills which means our students gain so much more insight into the industry they are joining, leaning on the experience of our curriculum teams.  

Last year alone, 95% of our students when leaving college entered Higher education or a place of work. We continue to attract more students than ever before to land and environment education which offers excellent career prospects and progression. We remain focused on providing the highest quality of education enabling students to reach their full potential.”