Northumberland College's Kirkley Hall Campus, located in
Ponteland near Newcastle upon Tyne, attracts students to its halls
of residence from rural areas across the north and has a long
established history as the main provider of land-based education
and training in the region, stretching back more than 50 years.
The campus offers vocational courses and Apprenticeship training
in a wide range of subjects including agriculture, horticulture and
floristry, animal care and equine, arboriculture, countryside and
environment and outdoor activity leadership.
The government's Office for Standards in Education have now
confirmed the college provides effective services that meet the
requirements for good during an inspection in January.
Ofsted feedback included:
Leaders and managers have a clear vision that is set out in a
quality-assured action plan. This supports continuous improvement.
All recommendations made at the last inspection have been
Students say that they make progress towards their chosen
futures because residential staff work well with all college staff
to help them achieve academically and independently.
Northumberland College's Halls of Residence manager, Alison
Gracey said: "Northumberland College's halls of residence offers a
unique opportunity for residential students to develop a wide range
of skills, make great friends and enjoy the Kirkley Hall Campus
residential experience. We are thrilled that the Ofsted inspection
reflects the good quality service we offer our students."
The college's Kirkley Hall campus has 90 rooms available for
residential students to stay on campus that were recently
Each room is single occupancy with internet access and students
who stay on site have access to a student social areas with a bar,
TV and games room.
Students get the opportunity to take part in regular quiz and
film nights and off campus visits and are encouraged to take part
in various charitable events throughout the year.
Alison added: "We encourage all of our halls students to get
involved in raising funds for local charities and giving back to
the local community and actively engage with the local community
with visits such as annual trips to a local care home with animals
from Kirkley Hall Zoo."
To find out more about Northumberland Colleges' halls of
residence and to read the full Ofsted report please visit www.kirkely.ac.uk/accomodation.