Bromley Adult Education gets good marks from Ofsted

Published Friday, 8 March 2019

Bromley Adult Education College has been rated ‘good’ across the board by Ofsted in its recent inspection.

Published this week, the report focusses on the quality of teaching and learning across a range of academic and vocational subjects, as well as programmes for personal development and interest. The effectiveness of leaders and managers was also under scrutiny. In all areas, the service was judged ‘good’ by Ofsted.

The report says that teaching is of a high level with skilful teachers using their specialist subject knowledge fully to provide good quality learning that motivates and stimulates. The standard of learners’ work is very good and last year (2017-18) a high proportion gained their accredited qualifications, achieving good grades of between four and nine in GCSE English and Maths.

Amongst the other courses highlighted was photography where the work produced by students was of the highest standard with many achieving success in external competitions. During modern foreign language lessons, learners quickly became skilful at using their chosen language and were confident to sensitively correct their own and their peers’ pronunciation and verb endings.

Leaders and managers at Bromley Adult Education College work very well with colleagues at Bromley Council, the report says, providing a curriculum that best meets the requirements of adults in the borough. They also work effectively with partners to ensure it fully meets the needs of more vulnerable residents too. Specially tailored programmes take place in the community at children’s centres and schools, while adults with learning difficulties or disabilities also benefit from the valuable opportunities to continue learning and engage with their local community through classes based in college centres and community venues.

Councillor Peter Fortune, Executive Member for Education, Children and Families said: “Whenever I visit one of our Adult Learning Centres I am always impressed by the quality of work produced and it is really heartening to see the achievements of people recognised. I know how important these classes are to people in the borough and it is great to know that Ofsted has told us we are doing a good job in providing them.”


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The full report is available online at