Our Ofsted report

Recently judged 'outstanding' in August 2013 Royal College Manchester is regarded as a national centre of excellence for young people with profound and complex low incidence special needs.

"Students make outstanding progress in developing their communication skills and their ability to exercise choice, express their opinions and engage in learning"

"Exceptionally well-planned and enthusiastic teaching ensures an outstanding learning experience, meets students’ individual needs very well and provides a range of excellent opportunities for students to develop their communication skills"

"Students’ progress and achievement of their long-term goals is excellent. Progression into employment has improved significantly over the last three years. The number of students progressing into paid, voluntary and self-employment in the current year is outstanding"

"The college makes excellent use of internal and external work experience. A good range of real commercial placements provide very good environments where students make excellent progress in developing their work preparation and communication skills. In one large company’s staff restaurant, the catering team provide relevant and challenging tasks. The staff team has voluntarily learnt basic sign language to improve their communication with students"
Following this inspection, Royal College Manchester was the subject of two Ofsted good practice case studies around communication and students' right to make decisions. The case studies 'Developing active communication skills' and 'Students' right to make decisions' are available on our website or from the gov.uk website (Developing active communication skills and Students' right to make decisions)
"Royal College Manchester is very successful in helping its students to develop their active communication skills and to exercise choice and express their opinions in all aspects of their programme. The 2013 inspection judged that students make excellent progress towards achieving their planned learning and independence goals."
"The college’s successful approach towards developing students’ active communication helps students to make excellent progress in their ability to exercise choice, express their opinions and engage fully in their college life and the decisions for future transition after college."
"A critical component of the college’s success is establishing a culture of high expectations to support the organisation’s ambitions for students through its strategic plan and core values."