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Ofsted inspection 2020

Following a full inspection by Ofsted in March 2020, HSDC has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in its Adult Learning Programmes and ‘Good’ in all other categories. This is the first Ofsted inspection for HSDC as three campuses across Hampshire.

Here are some of the reasons Ofsted say we are ‘Outstanding’ in our adult provision and ‘Good’ in all other categories –


“Students and apprentices enjoy their learning at college and this shows in their positive approach to their studies. They take ownership of their learning, work hard and improve their confidence. Students and apprentices benefit from teachers who plan learning well which enables them to quickly develop new knowledge and skills.”

Adult Learners

“Adult students benefit from flexible learning designed to fit in with their working lives. They quickly develop the English and mathematical skills that they need to reenter employment or move on to further studies”

Leaders & Managers

“Leaders and managers have a clear rationale for the courses they offer. They have developed strong links with the local community that help them to understand local priorities. This has enabled leaders to introduce new courses such as digital journalism and specialist construction. As a result, courses meet local job-market needs and increase employment opportunities for students.”


“Governance at the college is strong. Board members have a range of skills and experience that enable them to challenge leaders effectively. Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of the college.”


“Teachers and support staff know their students and apprentices well. Most check carefully students’ and apprentices’ progress with learning. They identify quickly those who fall behind and help them get back on track.”

You can view the full report on the Ofsted website.

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