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City of Bristol College centre to close

The Sounwell Centre is closing as part of a restructure Credit: ITV News

The Soundwell Centre at the City of Bristol College is to close as part of plans to refocus resources.

The Centre will shut once students have finished their study at the end of the academic year, with all other courses relocated.

The College says no students of staff will be affected by the closure this academic year, and they will be working with students and parents to ensure they will be able to travel to their new centre of study.

All courses will be relocating to existing College centres, offering better accommodation, improved facilities and an enriched student experience.

– City of Bristol College
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Bristol City College 'failing' its students

The region's biggest further education college has been condemned for failing its students. The City of Bristol College received the lowest Ofsted rating of 'inadequate' in several areas, including its quality of teaching.

The newly-appointed Principal says the report is "upsetting" and a "blow to morale", but highlights the need for staff to concentrate on what happens in the classroom. Our Education Correspondent Richard Payne reports.

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College Principal: we must do better

Lynn Merilion, Principal City of Bristol College Credit: City of Bristol College

The newly-appointed principal of City of Bristol College reacted to its poor Ofsted report by saying it is upsetting and a blow to morale, but that the college can do better for its students.

Lynn Merilion says it highlights the need for staff to concentrate on what happens in the classroom.

The college is the largest in the region, with 30 thousand students. It has received the lowest Ofsted rating of 'inadequate' in several areas, including quality of teaching.

City of Bristol College rated 'inadequate'

City of Bristol College, which has 30 thousand students, has received the lowest Ofsted rating of 'inadequate' in several areas, including the quality of its teaching.

Ofsted inspectors spent a week assessing the college across its six sites in the centre of Bristol. They ranked several areas as requiring improvement or inadequate.

The following areas were all ranked as 'inadequate':

  • overall effectiveness of the college's provision
  • outcomes for learners
  • quality of teaching, learning and assessment