Future Horizons “pleased” with first Ofsted report

Future Horizons Leeds have said they are “really pleased with the positive feedback” after their first Ofsted inspection, which judged that the college ‘Requires Improvement’ overall.

Future Horizons Leeds, an independent specialist college and charity based in Beeston and Kirkstall provides education and adult social care to young adults who are 19-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

CEO, Beckie Loosemore, commented:

“We are really pleased with the positive feedback we have received from ofsted during our recent inspection, who judged our students personal development and behaviour and attitudes to be good.  Inspectors commented that students benefit from staff who know them very well and understand their support needs. They also found that students benefit from the caring and respectful culture that staff have created.”

The report identifies that:

  • Leaders and managers work closely with the local authority and have responded positively to a request from the authority to provide more opportunities in the region for students with high needs, particularly those with more complex needs. This has given students, and their parents and carers, a greater choice in making decisions about their education.
  • Trustees and the newly appointed senior leadership team have an accurate understanding of the strengths and areas for development in the provision. They have identified a number of measures that they need to implement to improve the quality of the provision.

The Inspectors went on to identify areas for improvement which included more detailed target setting and monitoring of students progress, accessing more high quality work placements and ensuring all students had access to therapeutic services and advice on transition opportunities other than employment.

Beckie Loosemore continued:

“We are excited about the journey we continue to take to support our students in their life long learning and prepare them for life beyond college. We have recently recruited a further two experienced specialist tutors who will begin working at the college in the very near future and are in the process of recruiting instructors to strengthen our provision further.

“We pride ourselves on our vision and ethos to enable, empower and include.”

Ofsted grades education providers on a four point scale from Outsanding, to Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate. Future Horizons Leeds was graded across five categories:

  • The quality of education
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Personal development
  • Leadership and management
  • Provision for learners with high needs

You can read the full report here.


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