RHACC gets approval from Ofsted


Staff and students at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College (RHACC) are celebrating the outcome of their first full Ofsted inspection since the merger between Richmond Adult Community College and Hillcroft College in 2017.  Inspectors visited the college in January this year and rated the merged college as “GOOD”.

The inspection report which was published last week, rated the college as ‘Good’ for its overall effectiveness and ‘Good’ in all other inspection areas covering teaching and learning quality, learner behaviour and personal development, leadership and for its specialist adult learning provision. The report leads with the statement that Learners, who come from a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds, arrive at an open and supportive environment.” It continues by outlining how learners are challenged to do their best “by tutors who have high expectations of them, know them well and are sensitive to their needs.”

Staff at the college were also commented on very favourably by inspectors who were impressed at the level of expertise of many tutors and the way in which they share their skills and knowledge to allow learners to improve stating: “Tutors are knowledgeable, highly skilled and vocationally competent in the subjects they teach.”

College Principal Gabrielle Flint commented on the outcome of the inspection saying: “We are all extremely pleased with the outcome of the inspection which rigorously tested our whole approach to adult learning. I am particularly pleased for our staff who work tirelessly to provide adults from all walks of life with the opportunity to develop and grow through their course or programme at our Parkshot and Hillcroft Campuses.” She continued: “The inspectors saw RHACC as it operates on a day to day basis and therefore their comments and feedback truly reflect the learner experience at the college.”

There was a special focus on the women-only programme at the Hillcroft campus where a “supportive and nurturing environment is created”. The report outlines how the provision at Hillcroft helps learners with children to access courses they would not be able to attend without the support and childcare provided. This has allowed women to “gain qualifications and confidence they need to progress in their lives and, for example, to take up new careers.” Support for learners with mental health concerns was also noted as an area of strength allowing learners to develop strategies to allow them to “participate in college life”.

The Chair of Governors Louise Fluker commented: “The governors are extremely grateful to the management and staff at RHACC, whose hard work and dedication has been validated by this extremely strong inspection result. As an organisation our mission is to provide opportunity to adult learners and this report states clearly that we are delivering on this mission to a very high standard.

The college which provides courses for work, life and leisure to almost 7000 adults each year has campuses in Parkshot in Richmond and Hillcroft in Kingston.

The view the official report, click here.