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Crawley College impress Ofsted inspectors with ‘significant progress’

Ofsted say that Crawley College has made significant progress in all areas over the past 12 months.



Inspectors visited the college on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 February 2019 to review the progress made since its last full inspection in 2016.

Since then the college has become part of the Chichester College Group, with a focus on improving teaching and learning and the student experience at Crawley College.

The inspectors were impressed with the work that has been carried out, rating the college as showing ‘significant progress’ in all aspects of the Ofsted report, including leadership & management, teaching & learning and cultural change.

The findings from this latest report particularly highlighted improvements in student achievement since the merger in August 2017, attributing this to the more active support given to students.

The report said:

‘Leaders, managers and teachers are focused on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. They consider the needs of students in every aspect of their work.

‘Communication across the college has greatly improved and teachers feel valued, and this is in turn having a positive effect on students.

‘Students are more engaged in all aspects of their studies because good support is readily available.’

The report concluded that ‘Students value the caring and supportive learning environment created by staff at the college. As a result, they express a strong sense of belonging to the college community.’

Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College, said:

“We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of our latest monitoring visit, which show an amazing amount of progress over a short period of time.

“It is a direct reflection of all the hard work, passion, determination and dedication that the staff have displayed in ensuring we are making great strides in raising progress and performance across the board.

“We endeavour to put the students at the heart of everything we do, and it is rewarding to see this has been recognised in the feedback we have received from Ofsted.

“I am very proud of our staff and students for all they have achieved, and inspired by their determination to keep improving.”

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Chichester College Group, added: “It is very rare for colleges to receive four ‘significant progress’ grades in monitoring visit, so I think everyone at the Group should be very proud of this achievement.

“A lot has been achieved in the 18 months or so since we merged, and we know there is still work to do but it is important to see that we are moving in the right direction.

“We will continue to invest our attention and effort into ensuring our students – at all of our colleges across the whole Group – receive the very best education that we can deliver, to ensure they are given the tools they need for a bright future.”

The report of the February 2019 monitoring visit can be viewed at:


New primary school just outside Crawley nears completion

Last week, Crest Nicholson celebrated a significant construction milestone as the roof of its brand-new Kilnwood Vale Primary School was completed.



Crest Nicholson partnered with leading education contractor Willmott Dixon to build the school in the Faygate community at Horsham, West Sussex. Due to open ahead of the new school year in September, the state-of-the-art school will provide places for more than 420 new pupils across two forms as well as a nursery class.

The milestone, also known as a ‘topping out’ ceremony, was celebrated by the partners with final works now underway to ensure completion by the Summer. Upon completion, Kilnwood Vale Primary School will be home to more than 2.36 hectares of open space including a football pitch, multi-use game areas and extensive playing fields. The school will also feature a dedicated wildlife area, including a stunning pond and wild flower meadow for students to enjoy learning and leisure activities.

The school is set back from the road, offering easy drop-off access and parking, giving parents in Kilnwood Vale peace of mind that their children’s safety has been carefully planned for. Both the school and associated nursery are designed with Kilnwood Vale’s growing community in mind, with plans set out to expand to three classes per year group as more people move to the area.

School operator GLF Schools, which was founded in 2012 and now looks after more than 30 primary and secondary schools, has played a key role in the design of the school. GLF Schools has worked closely with teachers to incorporate their preferences for classroom layouts to create the best possible learning environment for Kilnwood Vale pupils.

Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, Andrew Dobson, commented: “We are proud of the progress which has been made so far and thrilled to give pupils a new place to learn this September. We’re delighted to deliver our vision for Kilnwood Vale, following our core garden village principles: considering social, environmental and economic factors. We want to show residents that we’re not just building houses but creating a sustainable and thriving community legacy.

“This year marks the five-year anniversary of when our first residents joined the Kilnwood Vale community. During that time, Kilnwood Vale has grown into one of West Sussex’s fastest growing communities, with over 600 people now calling the development home. We’re looking forward to sharing this key part of our commitment to offer local family’s access to the best amenities.”

Willmott Dixon’s spokesperson for the ceremony Managing Director in South London, South East, Roger Forsdyke, said: “Work on the new school in Kilnwood Vale is progressing well. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Crest Nicholson to deliver this new facility, which will leave a legacy by providing much needed education places to this already thriving community.”  

GLF Schools spokesperson, CEO Jon Chaloner, added: “We are delighted to be opening our third school in West Sussex when Kilnwood Vale Primary School opens in September. Each school has its own distinct character and culture which is respectful of the community it serves, and the Kilnwood Vale community will have these beautiful new buildings within which the school will undoubtedly flourish.

“Kilnwood Vale’s pupils will benefit from an inclusive ethos, excellent teaching and
a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by strong leadership.”

Contemporary two and three-bedroom homes at Kilnwood Vale are available from £274,950, with many available using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. For more information, visit the on-site Sales & Marketing Suite which is open on weekdays between 10am and 5pm, from 10am to 7pm on Thursday and between 10.30am and 5.30pm on weekends. Alternatively, call 01293 852501, or visit

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