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Awards and Accreditations

Home Awards and Ofsted Reports


Derby College delivers first-class teaching and support to help our learners make the grade.


Don't take our word for it - our latest exam results are excellent and our most recent Ofsted inspection rated all the College's provision as either "good" or "outstanding", with the percentage of students achieving their qualifications ranked well above the national average.


View our latest Ofsted reports


Derby College is a member of the following organisations:


National Skills Academy for Retail

National Skills Academy for Social Care

National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies

National Skills Academy for Food and Drink

National Skills Academy for Manufacturing

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)


History of Derby College



Events and Achievements


  • £10 million Ilkeston campus opens
  • Derby College awarded coveted Career Mark status
  • Senior management team for Digital Studio School appointed
  • New extension for Art & Design faculty at Joseph Wright Centre started
  • Cricket academies launched with Andrew Flintoff and Derbyshire County Cricket Club
  • Derby College successfully achieved the IAG Matrix Award
  • New Ilkeston campus opened with a focus on providing local employers with skills needs
  • Overarching strategic aims for 2014-17 published
  • Roll out of ETA
  • New approach to curriculum design and development
  • Director of Apprenticeships and Engineering appointed
  • Business Improvement processes commence;- systems synergy- internal communications- key performance measures
  • Introduction of live online attendance reports for parents


  • Merrill Academy officially launches, sponsored by Derby College
  • Work starts on new Ilkeston campus
  • Derbyshire's first Studio School, supported by Derby College Education Trust, gains Government approval
  • Derby Manufacturing University Technical College – partnership between employers and education providers, including Derby College, announced
  • Launch of international work exchange programme with European partners, supported by EU funding
  • The College launched Learning for Leisure courses
  • Equine students won the inter-college competition held at Moulton College and won the final at Warwickshire College
  • Plant Science learners won a gold medal at Harrogate Show
  • Derby College Students’ Union wins NUS Green Impact Award
  • Plant Science learners won a gold medal at the Derbyshire County Show
  • The Roundhouse gains CredAbility Verified Accessible Mark – a new quality mark for organisations whose buildings are accessible to disabled people
  • Advanced Practitioner community (Learning Directors) reviewed
  • Plant Science learners won a gold medal at Bakewell Show
  • Corporation agree initial strategic direction for 2014-17. Wide consultation commences
  • Introduction of Trainer/Assessor role (in place of lecturer where the work required a different skill set and delivery mechanism) and Personal Coaches (to provide dedicated support to learners)
  • Appointment of Assistant Head of Quality with clear focus on improving quality of apprenticeship provision
  • Ofsted Inspected Little Explorers Nursery, reporting the nursery was good with the children making good progress, strong leadership and management, good facilities and staff training and close links with parents
  • Teaching and Learning Improvement Director appointed to raise standards of teaching and learning across the organisation
  • Personal Coaches introduced to as guardians of learner’s journey, including positive destinations
  • Introduction of REED NCFE – enhanced employability and career guidance services
  • Introduction of monthly ‘In Touch’ e newsletter for parents/guardians
  • Online Derby Track Learner Portal introduced
  • Achievement of Career Mark Quality Award
  • Introduction of online Parents Reports
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment Observation Policy and Procedures revised to strengthen the link between action planning and the performance appraisal system
  • New Performance management system introduced – new objective setting and performance appraisal process introduced which provides a direct link to academy KPIs
  • Senior Manager Inspection and Compliance appointed
  • Career Learning Ladder commenced
  • Derby College is premier sponsor of Skills Show


  • Mandie Stravino appointed Chief Executive of Derby College following retirement of David Croll
  • Guinness World Records recognised The Roundhouse as the world's oldest locomotive roundhouse
  • Ofsted report publishes which particularly praises the College's work with employers
  • New Construction Academy opens in Pride Park
  • Derby College appointed to work on National Citizen Service programme
  • The Public Services and Sports Academy supported students providing London 2012 Olympic Games work ready staff
  • Engineering Career Academy launched
  • A development plan for a new sports hall, playing fields and a reception building at Broomfield Hall received support from the Skills Funding Agency, with Olympic legacy funding from Sport England being used to support the creation of new grass playing fields
  • New corporate governance structure commences
  • The College joined forces with the National Careers Service to launch a free advice service for its prospective and existing adult learners
  • Standardised interview format and screening undertaken by all full time and part time applicants
  • Improved welcome/open enrolment day process to provide an efficient and responsive service which meets the IAG needs of applicants
  • Roll out of cross College Prevent training
  • Plant Science learners won gold and silver in the UK Skills Landscape Gardening competition
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment Observation new Policy and Procedure introduced (including actions to achieve improvement of T&L following graded observations and introduction of 2 day notice observations to reflect revised short notice inspection as per new CIF)


  • The College takes out a long- term lease for 2 Roundhouse Road to serve as the College's main administration hub freeing up space for learners on other sites
  • College opens the Food Hub at Broomfield bringing together local food growers
  • College opens Employment World offices co-located with JobCentre Plus in Derby
  • Ofsted residential inspection took place and was rated good


  • Derby College merges with South East Derbyshire College
  • Career Mark Award
  • Princess Royal officially opens The Roundhouse
  • The Roundhouse wins East Midlands Centre for Construction Built Environment Project of the Year and Heritage Project of the Year
  • Roundhouse wins Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Project of the Year 2010 award


  • The Retail, Hospitality and Health & Social Care provision is awarded TQS Part B accreditation
  • The College wins the TUC unionlearn Quality Award
  • Engineering and Manufacturing are awarded the TQS Part B accreditation
  • £48 million vocational campus completed at The Roundhouse with state of the art facilities for more than 2,500 vocational students
  • Derby College joins forces with Sheffield Hallam University to deliver engineering foundation degrees
  • The College signs long-term lease for The Point on Pride Park, renamed The Johnson Building


  • The College's Corporate College division is awarded the TQS Part A standard – the first training provider in the East Midlands to achieve the accolade
  • £5 million extension to JWC is completed to take the capacity to 1,200 learners
  • Launch of 14-19 diplomas which sees the College working collaboratively with schools across the city and county to deliver vocational qualifications
  • Derby College Students Union wins NUS FE Students Union of the Year award


  • Matrix Accreditation
  • Ofsted inspection of the College reported that all areas were either "good" or "outstanding" with an overall effectiveness for the College of "good"
  • EM Skills Quality Mark


  • Mason's Place opened as centre for construction and motor vehicle provision
  • The College moves into Norman House in the centre of Derby to offer adult education and basic skills
  • The College takes over the running of Offender Learning for four prisons in and around Birmingham


  • Ofsted re-inspected the areas found less than satisfactory in 2003 and reported that these were now satisfactory
  • Derby College Students Union re-launched with the aim of becoming the exemplar example for FE
  • College launches the Engineering CoVE 'bits' at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre, specialising in lean manufacturing
  • £12 million Joseph Wright Centre opens in the heart of Derby for 1,000 A-level and Creative Arts students
  • Equine centre and exotic animal enclosure opens at Broomfield Hall
  • East Midlands Centre for Retail Excellence opens
  • Pride Park Campus closes and sold
  • Professional Development Centre opened at Prince Charles Avenue site
  • CIRCIT – CoVE for IT installation, maintenance and network technicians launched in partnership with Microsoft and Cisco


  • Following the closure of Derby College for Deaf People, Derby College establishes Deaf Access to ensure learners with hearing impairments can continue their education in a stimulating environment
  • Launch of EMCON CoVE for Construction to raise the quality of plumbing, gas fitting and electrical installation in the region
  • Celebrated international work, started by Mackworth College, continues with first delegation of Iraqi education officials visiting as part of a unique project to boost regeneration
  • College and TUC sign historic learning agreement to formalise the delivery of Trade Union Education
  • The College teams with Remploy Derby to provide them with their own learning centre to support the 70 strong workforce


  • Ofsted inspection of the newly formed College shows all but two areas are satisfactory or better with an overall profile rating of "good" and "satisfactory"
  • The College opens an Optimum IT centre in Alvaston
  • Plant Centre opens at Broomfield Hall
  • Prince Charles makes official visit to Prince's Trust offices within the Pride Park campus – a beacon for collaborative operations


  • Derby College is formed from a merger of Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton, Mackworth College and Broomfield College
  • Optimum wins an AoC Beacon Award for Flexible Learning and ILT
  • The College wins the Jardine Lloyd Healthcare Award for Health


  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton launches Learning Director scheme aimed at securing quality teaching and learning and to impact positively on social exclusion agenda
  • The College takes out a long term lease on 6-9 The Spot in the centre of Derby. The three- storey building is opened as an extension to the Optimum IT Centre brand
  • The Quantum Centre wins the BT Award for Lifelong Learning Beacon Award
  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton launches the East Midlands Gas Safety centre offering accreditation services to gas fitting operatives


  • Peak Awards are launched to celebrate the success and achievements of students and staff
  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton opens the first Optimum Outreach centre at Park Farm, Allestree


  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton wins the TES/AoC Beacon Award for widening participation
  • New Media Suite launched by Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton as part of JVC educational partnership
  • The Optimum Centre responds to demand by opening Optimum II – more than doubling capacity


  • Quantum centre launched in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, based on their site for use by both staff and the local community
  • Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton launches Optimum, a new concept in IT training – open seven days a week and until 10pm on weeknights


  • FEFC inspectors spend 95 days at Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton inspecting all aspects of College activity. The grades were predominatly 2s on the FEFC 5 point scale - provision in which the strengths clearly outweigh the weaknesses


  • Following the Shattock Report into Derby Tertiary College:Wilmorton in 1994 a new Corporation is formed and in 1995 David Croll is appointed Principal tasked to rebuild the College and its reputation
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