Alton College is Outstanding

Alton College is outstanding in every way: that was the judgement of Ofsted after their inspection of the College in May 2006. The College became one of only a very few colleges in the country to be judged outstanding - grade 1 in all five graded areas of inspection.

In the recently published report, Ofsted Inspectors were extremely impressed by the outstanding overall achievements and standards of the College, the high academic success of students and the contribution the College makes to their personal development. They reported that "staff at all levels are committed to ensuring students achieve their potential."

Principal Jane Machell said: "I am thrilled and delighted that all of the hard work being carried out by staff and students at the College has been acknowledged by Ofsted as outstanding. Alton College has long held a local and national reputation for being an excellent college that achieves high standards. Four years ago, after our last inspection, the College was awarded Beacon status; one of only 20 sixth form colleges in the country to achieve this mark of quality." She continued: "In this latest round of inspections there are even fewer colleges that have been able to achieve the highest possible standard, which makes gaining five outstanding - grade 1s even more special. Everyone at the College is extremely proud of this recognition."