East Kent College
East Kent College
The Government’s advisor to the Skills Minister has given a glowing report to East Kent College’s Dover and Folkestone campuses.
Further Education (FE) Commissioner Dr David Collins CBE said East Kent College taking over the running of the campuses from the failed K College had been ‘transformational’ for both Folkestone and Dover
Responsible for driving improvement and acting quickly to tackle failing colleges, Dr Collins said in his report that the integration has been ‘very successful’. He dubbed East Kent College’s senior leadership and management team as ‘highly competent and enthusiastic, bringing drive and professionalism to campuses that in the past have felt neglected.’
After examining a range of performance information and data, speaking to governors, members of the leadership and management team, staff and learners, the Commissioner concluded that ‘the Board and Senior Management Team have successfully integrated the Dover and Folkestone campuses into East Kent College, delivering clear benefits for staff and students’.
East Kent College Principal Graham Razey said: “Since taking on Folkestone and Dover we have all been working extremely hard to turn the situation around at both campuses. I’m delighted to hear that the FE Commissioner believes we are succeeding and while we recognise there is still more to do, it is very encouraging to know that we are on the right path.”
There was also good news for the local economy with the report declaring ‘Board members have been clear that the new arrangements give them a real opportunity to make a major contribution to the economic wellbeing of the wider area’ with ‘employers being much more engaged than before’.
Folkestone Campus Principal Nick Samsom added: “We have made great progress in a very short period of time which is a testament to the staff here. They have really responded well to the new regime and have an extremely positive outlook.
“The structure and strategies that have been introduced mean that everyone is working towards the same goals. I am very pleased that the Commissioner recognised that everything is now in place to implement real change and the fact that he stated he does not need to revisit is a mark of our achievements.”
Dover Campus Principal Victoria Copp-Crawley commented: “The FE Commissioner’s report clearly recognises the significant changes and improvements that the college is making. It was pleasing to hear the Dover Campus has made huge steps in improving quality, standards and the skills set of staff and students to be on the journey to providing a recognized high quality provision in the community.
“The commissioner acknowledged the hard work and commitment of staff and this is clearly impacting on the improvements of provision for the students studying at the campus. In the coming months the campus is undergoing significant developments, which will provide students with high class facilities and the opportunity to engage with industry that will be invaluable to students and their future.”
For more information about East Kent College, which has campuses in Broadstairs, Dover and Folkestone, visit www.eastkent.ac.uk.
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