Amersham and Wycombe College rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted

James Harrison

Inspectors have slammed governance at a college, branding the top team ‘not fit for purpose’ and accusing it of ‘unwise spending’.

Amersham and Wycombe College was rated ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted in its latest report.

The further education college, which has more than 3,000 pupils, about a third of whom are based at a campus in Spring Lane, Flackwell Heath, was assessed as ‘Requires Improvement’ at its last inspection.

Leadership was of particular concern to assessors, and out of eight areas which made up the final rating, was the only one to be scored as ‘Inadequate’ in itself.

According to inspectors, ‘leadership has been characterised by instability for several years’ and ‘disharmony and dysfunction at the most senior levels of the college have been exacerbated, if not caused by, the inability of governors to work productively and professionally’.

It also claims ‘instances of poor financial management and unwise spending of public funds are frequent’.

All other categories, including quality of teaching, adult learning and apprenticeship provision, were marked ‘Requires Improvement’, except provision for learners with high needs, which was ‘Good’.

In a statement released after the report was published on Tuesday, July 12, Jackie Watt, interim vice principal and acting principal, said: “We are disappointed the college has received an Inadequate rating following the recent Ofsted inspection.

“We have taken immediate action to seek to appoint a new chair and vice chair of governors.

“We believe these appointments will be a positive step towards restoring the overall well being and financial health of the college.”

Since the report was published, Eddie Weiss has been appointed chairman of the college corporation, with Roy Abraham made vice chairman.

The inspection took place last month.

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