A college was praised by a top school inspector for its ‘notable improvement in performance’.

Speaking at this year’s Association of Colleges conference, Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman mentioned Waltham Forest College in Walthamstow, Waltham Forest, for its improved performance.

The education watchdog inspected the college in February and praised staff and governors for their commitment to improving the college.

College principal Dr Joy Kettyle said: “The results from the league table clearly identifies the hard work and commitment of college staff and our priority is to ensure that the local community has a college it can be confident in.

“I am now consulting with our key stakeholders to review our strategic priorities and align these with the skills priority of the borough as well as London on a whole.

“We are working very closely with the London Borough of Waltham Forest and actively cultivating relationships with employers and developing partnerships to improve the life chances of our learners.”

Waltham Forest College was ranked the number one London college for learner and employer satisfaction in the FE Week league tables published in November.

It now ranks in the top three per cent of overall further education colleges across the UK with a score of 87 per cent for learner satisfaction and 93 per cent for employers satisfaction.

David Fitzgerald, manager of Hillyfield Academy in Walthamstow, said: “I have found working with Waltham Forest College extremely helpful and staff are very knowledgeable around employer relations and apprenticeships – I highly recommend them.”