Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon (left) visited the HTP students in October 2019

The Isle of Wight’s HTP Apprenticeship College, which has bases in Newport and Portsmouth, has won a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in all areas.

Inspectors have found “high expectations”, “excellent support” and “few weaknesses” at the provider of vocational courses and apprenticeships.

It has hosted its first inspection since 2008, when it was rated ‘Outstanding.’

Principal and Chief Executive Rachael Randall said,

“In the first term of inspections under the new more rigorous Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, we are thrilled that we have achieved GOOD in all areas of our provision; especially as Ofsted hasn’t been to see us for 11 years!

“The report speaks for itself, however we are very pleased with the key findings of the report in particular that: ’Learners and apprentices enjoy their time at HTP. They feel safe, behave well and are motivated to achieve.

“The inspection is testament to the hard work and passion of our team, the focus and determination of our learners and, of course the support of the employers we work with. As we look ahead to our 20 th anniversary next year, our focus remains on providing high quality training to help people across our region succeed in their future career.”

Inspectors said learners and apprentices are highly motivated to succeed and benefit from high levels of support which help them achieve their learning goals.

The report praises the quality of “an ambitious range of programmes based on local and national priorities”. It says learners who have additional learning needs, are disadvantaged, or who have barriers to learning receive inclusive and very effective support that enables them to perform as well as their peers”.

Read the report here.