When Walsall Adult and Community College (WACC) was judged to be outstanding for overall effectiveness at its inspection in 2012, its leaders attributed this achievement to a shared vision and commitment to sustainable development. The college’s stated core purpose is to contribute to the economy of the local community by providing excellent provision for all its learners.

WACC was formed from the merger of two organisations in 2009. The journey to excellence
and sustainability started as a vehicle to unite the two groups of staff. The college set its
objectives to be a beacon in the community and, to do this, it needed to be an outstanding
and sustainable organisation. As the inspection report says: Learners gain a very good range
of additional skills that helps them improve their quality of life and their employability.
Learners significantly improve their confidence and ability to work on their own.

As Joanne Keatley, Deputy Principal explains: ‘We needed something positive which staff and the
community could buy into and support that would make them feel good about themselves and about WACC. The impact of any development also needed to focus on providing good-quality outcomes for learners. Sustainability ticked a lot of boxes.’

Read the full Ofsted report.