Community College rated Good by OFSTED

By John Charlton

Following a recent inspection, EMBS community college has once again been graded as good. Many of the areas for development identified in the last inspection, have been transformed into strengths.

Staff fully understand the needs of learners and provide good-quality study programmes. Imaginatively delivered and thoughtfully planned lessons motivate students and ensure they are eager and enthusiastic to learn. Good communication and effective monitoring of performance keeps overall learner achievement high.

“Current learners, many of whom have not enjoyed or performed well at school, make good progress.”

Links forged with local businesses provide a range of work placements from enthusiastic and understanding partners. Coupled with careers advice throughout, learners are able to develop their confidence and consider their career options.

“EMBS continues to provide opportunities to raise aspirations and improve life chances for some of the most deprived young people in the Oxford area.”

The EMBS Community College is a not for profit limited company established in 1988 with the aim to improve the economic situation of ethnic minority communities in Oxfordshire through skills enhancement and developing locally owned businesses.

EMBS now provides education, training and careers advice for the whole community; delivering services for young people and adults in two centres in Banbury and Oxford and in other community centres. It is well known for actively reaching out to local minority ethnic communities and working successfully with a range of partners including Jobcentre Plus.