Awards and Accreditations :: Riseholme College

Awards and Accreditations

Ofsted Praise for "High Achieving" Riseholme College

Bishop Burton College, including Riseholme College, was praised by Ofsted following its last inspection for impressive success rates, inspiring resources and facilities and strong links with employers and other partners.

Ofsted said all these factors ensured the vast majority of students secure work or a higher level of study at the end of their course.

In rating the college 'good' in all aspects, Ofsted highlighted the "positive culture of learning and respect" and "expert and enthusiastic" teachers as key factors in the high number of students who succeed.

Following the four-day 'full' inspection in February 2017, the government department concluded: "The Principal and senior managers have energetically and successfully pursued their vision of creating a high performing college. Governors and the senior leadership team have implemented an ambitious plan to provide exceptional facilities for training and research. All staff promote a positive culture of learning and respect that motivates learners to achieve."

One of the Finest Businesses in the Country

Bishop Burton College was named winner of the British Quality Foundation's (BQF) UK Excellence Award in October 2015.

In doing so, the college became the first organisation to be presented with the title twice, after originally winning it in 2011. It was also the first opportunity the college had to retain the title, with winners unable to re-enter for four years.

Perhaps even more impressive, it subsequently emerged after the announcement that the college had received the highest score ever recorded by the BQF.

In reaching its conclusion, the assessment team had unprecedented high praise for the college in the following key areas;

  • Visionary and consistent leadership
  • Strategic planning with a customer focus
  • Engaged and empowered people based around shared values
  • Strategic partnership working with shared values
  • Long-term planning for sustained success.

Investors in People

We were awarded Gold in the Investors in People (IiP) Standard, putting us in the top 1% of the UK's businesses.

IiP is the national award that sets a level of good practice for training and development of staff to meet organisational priorities.

Gold represents achievement of world-class best practice by a truly cutting-edge organisation, operating at the very highest levels of people management practice. Retaining the Standard is one of the key objectives of the college’s corporate strategy.

Did you Know?

Bishop Burton College acquired Riseholme College in 2012.

The Ofsted report cited at the time that the merger with Riseholme College was “expertly managed”, resulting in immediate and longer term benefits for students.