AN EASTLEIGH college has received its fifth "outstanding" rating after its latest inspection by the education watchdog.

College House has been recognised by Ofsted for providing the highest standards of further education since it was first established in April 2004.

As part of Eastleigh College, College House provides further education and residential care for students aged 16 to 19-years-old with moderate learning disabilities.

It forms part of the college's Winchester Campus and provides residential education experiences for students.

Eastleigh College’s Winchester Campus Manager, Tracey McAdam said:

“Almost all our students have come from specialist schools that cater exclusively for young people with learning difficulties and we are their first experience of inclusive education.

“We’re thrilled to be recognised as Outstanding once again. The inspections are unannounced and very student-focused looking not only at their experience but also their outcomes and progression.

“We have a superb and dedicated team here at College House, and also at Eastleigh College where the students go three days a week to work towards their qualifications. We individualise our support, balancing the provision of college education with the need to enhance independent living skills, community activities and social development.”

According to Ofsted, the college provides consistent "highly effective services", and contributes to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for young people.

The report highlighted that staff are well supported by leaders and managers who are inspirational in their approach to the care and support of students who flourish and make exceptional progress.

Its campus is also home to The Hive, which operates a range of social enterprise opportunities including a professional kitchen, joinery workshop, businesses suite and gardens to take part in horticultural activities.

Student, Stephen Bowman: “I’ve enjoyed socialising with the other students. Next year I am going to The Hive. Being at College House has helped me prepare for this because I’m now more confident and ready to learn new skills.”

Another student, Matthew Woodyard added: “I’ve liked everything about the college I've become independent and been able to meet up with my friends outside of college. I’ve learnt to travel on my own and now feel able to deal with lots of different situations. After the summer I am looking forward to going on to the Skills for Supported Employment course at Eastleigh College.”