Leyton Sixth Form College is the only London College to have been singled out for special comment in Sir Michael Wilshaw’s annual Ofsted report 2015/16. The report highlights the “excellent leadership by principal, Kevin Watson, as a key factor in Leyton’s success.”

The report went on to say: ‘Over the past three years, the proportion of Leyton students gaining A-level qualifications has risen and is now very high. Additionally, a high proportion of learners on vocational courses successfully complete their qualifications, in particular in sport, travel and tourism, and health and social care.’

‘Overall, students on A-level and vocational programmes at Leyton make very good progress and the majority achieve or exceed the grades expected of them,’ the report added.

Sir Michael Wilshaw went on to mention that the college’s strong leadership meant it was in good stead for the future. The report states: ‘Leyton Sixth Form College has the management culture and capacity – as demonstrated by its continued good performance – to address these remaining issues and provide increasingly strong education and training for 16 to 19 year-olds in Waltham Forest and neighbouring authorities.’

An understandably delighted Principal, Kevin Watson commented.  “I am especially pleased that Ofsted have drawn attention to Leyton’s culture and ethos.  We have done much over a number of years to run the college according to our own beliefs and values, and to reject the cruder forms of ‘performance management’ which have become so prevalent in many educational institutions in recent times.  It is gratifying to have inspectors recognise the merits of our deeply held conviction that a more developmental and supportive approach to staff can lead to sustained improvements for students.”