Ofsted Good         

At their October 2017 Inspection, Ofsted judged that Fircroft remains a Good Provider. They said we have:

  • Very high achievement rates
  • Strong links with partners
  • Clear focus on those who are most disadvantaged
  • Support staff with good knowledge
  • Very strong emphasis on involving learners

 You can read their report here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/130467



Matrix is the quality standard for information, advice and guidance - http://matrixstandard.com/

Their report says we have 3 real strengths:

  • “passion for delivering an effective social justice agenda”
  • “strong, effective, dynamic and developmental partnership working”
  • “enable clients to make well-informed and realistic decisions”

UK IED       

The United Kingdom Investor in Equality and Diversity (UKIED) Charter Mark is the leading equality, diversity and safeguarding national organisation charter mark - http://www.ukied.co.uk/

 We have Gold/Embedding status. This says that we:

  • Promote Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum
  • Work towards recruiting a diverse workforce that is reflective of their learners and demographic
  • Engage with key external partners
  • Challenge Equality and Diversity non-compliance

We are aiming for Beacon/Platinum status in 2018.

In the 16/17 National Learner Satisfaction Survey Fircroft came top for colleges of our type with an overall score of 96.2 (% of students who would recommend the college to their friends or family).  

View the survey here.

Disability Confident 



As a Disability Confident ‘Committed’ employer, Fircroft is committed to:

  • Actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people
  • Providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required
  • Ensuring employees have appropriate disability equality awareness
  • Promoting a culture of being Disability Confident
  • Supporting employees to manage their disabilities or health conditions
  • Ensuring there are no barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff
  • Ensuring managers are aware of how they can support staff who are sick or absent from work
  • Valuing and listening to feedback from disabled staff
  • Providing occupational health services if required

You can find out more about Disability Confident here.

Mindful Employer

The Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health is a voluntary agreement seeking to support employers in working within the spirit of its positive approach. The Charter is one element of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® initiative which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.

A wide range of employers from all over the UK are involved in the initiative which gives businesses and organisations easier access to information, practical support, training, networks and assistance from other employers.

MINDFUL EMPLOYER is a UK-wide initiative run by Workways, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. More information at www.mindfulemployer.net