Ofsted scathing of Kirklees College

STAFF at Kirklees College are reeling from budget cuts, job losses and a damning Ofsted report.
The institution, formed by a merger of Dewsbury College and Huddersfield Technical College in 2008, has had its budget slashed by £3m.
It means 50 fulltime jobs will be axed, creche facilities closed and the end for an adult education centre in Holmfirth.
An Ofsted report, meanwhile, was due out yesterday (Thursday) and was expected to criticise parts of the college’s provision as inadequate.
Students earned praise for their charitable work while the college was rated as “satisfactory and improving” for its links to industry. But teaching quality and student retention, based on data from 200910, were set to be hammered following an Ofsted visit in April.
On the budget cuts, vice principal Melanie Brooke said: “We can’t go on trying to be all things to all people.
“We want students to have excellent facilities. Sadly we’ll have to reduce some opportunities that are no longer government priorities to achieve this.”
She added the Ofsted report was selective and said: “It does not reflect the whole picture and certainly doesn’t reflect where we are now.”

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