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Student Success

How do we involve our students?

Listening to our students is something which has been important to us over many years. In 2010 Chichester College won Principal of the Year for Student Voice. We have both formal and informal ways of interacting with our students.

  • ·our Student Union has 27 members of its executive committee, nominated by students
  • the Student Executive are members of Student Committee, a formal sub-committee of the Governing Body, which meets 3 times a year
  • we employ a sabbatical Student Union President
  • we have student representatives for every course, nominated by the class
  • Eleven student conferences are held each year, three at Brinsbury and eight at Chichester
  • 363 student representatives attended the conferences last year
  • 4,262 full time students took part in enrichment activities last year which is 84% of learners
  • the Student Union organised 10 trips during the year (affected by Covid-19)
  • 2,698 students attended Safe Drive Stay Alive events last year
  • 18,764 used the two student common rooms at Chichester and the one at Brinsbury last year before lockdown.
  • members of the Student Executive have been trained to observe lessons and take part in paired lesson observations as part of our Fitness Reviews
  • Senior Managers together with a student executive drop into classes termly to check student satisfaction

We survey our students three times a year, in the first few weeks, in the Spring Term (a survey run by the Skills Funding Agency) and at the end of the year although this year it did not run due to Covid-19. This gives us excellent feedback on what is good and where improvements need to be made.

How well do our students succeed?

We measure the achievement of our students through ‘achievement rates’. These are calculated by multiplying the number of students who remain on a course for its duration by the number who achieve, expressed as a percentage.  From 2013-14, functional skills rates have been included as part of the success rate which has reduced the results nationally.

 Our achievement rates for 2019/20
  2019/20  National Average (NA)  Variance to NA* 
 16-18 91.7%86.7%5.0%

These achievement rates now include English and Maths retakes of GCSEs and Functional Skills results.

A Level Results

In 2019/20 our A Level pass rate was 100% .
65% of students achieved grades of A*, A or B and 91% achieved A*, A-C.

What do our students say about us?

We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding teaching and learning to our students and ensuring that they are happy and fulfilled in their studies whilst achieving the very best possible grades in preparation for employment or university. In our end of year student survey 2,146 students took part. .

  • 96% of students said that their teaching and learning was good
  • 92% said that their lessons were varied and interesting
  • 95% said that their teachers were helpful and approachable
  • 93% of students said that their lessons were well planned
  • 91% of students felt that their written work was returned with comments which helped to improve the standard of their assignments
  • 95% of students felt that the atmosphere at college feels safe and welcoming

Where do our students go next?

The College used an external company to gather data on the destination of all full time learner responsive students who left Chichester College in the summer of 2019. The results are as follows:

Key Headlines for all full time learner responsive students:

  • 93.98% have a positive destination (in employment, an apprenticeship, or completing voluntary work/a gap year)
  • 70.23% are in employment, including full time, part time and self employment
  • The number of those not in education, training or employment totals 6.02% in comparison to 17.9% in 2018
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