Heritage Skills Academy Celebrates First Ofsted Report

Published: 07/06/2022

Heritage Skills Academy (HSA) is celebrating publication of its first Ofsted Report where HSA was awarded an overall grade of ‘GOOD’ with Outstanding being awarded in two main categories. 

The report has gone live on the Ofsted website following the inspection back in April. This follows HSA’s successful monitoring visit in March 2021. This is a significant milestone in the independenttraining providers history having been founded in 2016 at its original location at Bicester Heritage. Since opening HSA now delivers training on two sites at Bicester and at Brooklands Museum. Thereare 141 apprentices currently being trained, 112 on the mechanical option and 29 apprentices on the coachworks course. 

The Ofsted report looks at overall effectiveness and also breaks down into four main categories. HSA is delighted to be awarded ‘OUTSTANDING’ in the following two categories – Behaviour and Attitudes and Personal Development. The report acknowledges this. 

‘Apprentices are exceptionally motivated and display very positive attitudes to both their trainingand their job roles’

The report also highlighted the strong partnerships that exist with employers and how this benefits their training. 

‘Leaders and managers have a clear and purposeful rationale for the apprenticeship they offer, which is to provide high quality training to replace the ageing workforce in the classic, vintage and heritage vehicle industry. They have established strong links with employers and organisations in the industry to plan and teach a curriculum which is relevant to their needs'

Overall effectiveness - Good

The quality of education - Good

Behaviour and attitudes - Outstanding

Personal development - Outstanding

Leadership and management - Good

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