East Devon College

East Devon College (sometimes shortened to EDC) is a further education college situated in Tiverton, Devon. The college operates on four sites; the main campus being located in Tiverton, with three additional sites being located in Honiton, Exmouth and Tiverton. In 2005 the college enrolled 3,144 learners, of which 877 were full-time. Around 80% of those learners were aged between sixteen and eighteen years of age. The college's motto is "Maximising your potential", and their aim is "to develop skills, knowledge and confidence for all".

Ofsted visit and inspect the college annually, and conduct a full inspection approximately every four years. The latest inspection took place on October 2 2007 and the findings suggested that the college was making "insufficient progress", in such areas as achievements and standards, quality of provision, and leadership and management. [cite web |url=http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports/pdf/?inspectionNumber=317290&providerCategoryID=524288&fileName=\school\130\av1_130647_20071109.pdf |title=Monitoring Visit: Main Findings - East Devon College |publisher=Ofsted |date=2007-11-09 |accessdate=2008-01-06 ]

In 2006 the college secured £6 million worth of funding, which they used to construct two new buildings, a plan which took two years to complete. The two new buildings, which are to be used for a range of subjects including construction, art and design, media studies and photography, were officially opened on March 6, 2008 by Sir Ian Heathcoat, a local dignitary and business leader. [cite news |title=College unveils new 'Grand Designs' in Official Opening Ceremony |publisher=East Devon College |date=2008-04-21 |url=http://www.edc.ac.uk/news/college-unveils-new-grand-designs-in-official-opening-ceremony.html |accessdate=2008-07-09 ]

In July 2007 it was announced that EDC was seeking a merger partner following an Ofsted report that judged leadership at the college inadequate. Of the ten learning institutions that showed interest, five were shortlisted to give a presentation to the board of governors who, after a rigorous selection process, selected Barnstaple-based establishment North Devon College as the merger partner. [cite news |last=Tilley |first=Jean |title=College announces merger |date=2007-10-24 |publisher=Mid Devon Star |url=http://www.middevonstar.co.uk/display.var.1782952.0.0.php |accessdate=2007-12-04 ] [cite news |title=Merger with East Devon College |date=2007-10-19 |publisher=North Devon College |url =http://www.ndevon.ac.uk/information/24/press_releases.htm |accessdate=2007-12-04 ] [cite news |title=An Outstanding College at the Heart of an Outstanding Learning Community |publisher=East Devon College |date=2008-04-20 |url=http://www.edc.ac.uk/news/an-outstanding-college-at-the-heart-of-an-outstanding-learning-community..html |accessdate=2008-07-09 ] From August 1, 2008 this merger was completed and has since changed the identity of the college to 'East Devon College, part of North Devon College' with many senior members of EDC staff resigning or retiring, to be replaced with senior members of NDC staff. The two colleges aim to remain as separate institutions, but sharing financial resources and information systems across the two main sites, and the many satellite sites operated by the two colleges.


External links

* [http://www.edc.ac.uk/ East Devon College official site]
* [http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/portal/site/Internet/menuitem.7c7b38b14d870c7bb1890a01637046a0/?urn=130647&providerCategoryID=524288 East Devon College on Ofsted]

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