Ofsted 'Outstanding' vs Ofsted 'Good'? Not as easy as it sounds.. Watch

theauricmitra
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Hello TSR Community!

I've just got my GCSE results, and I am in a dilemma in which Sixth Form college to go to. I have the choice to go to either Hollyfield Sixth Form or Godalming College. However, there are certain problems I am facing with each of them.

Hollyfield Sixth Form
Pros:
1. Literally a 3-minute walk from my house.
2.Choice of Subjects given: A Level CompSci, A Level Sociology and BTEC Media (equivalent to only 1 A Level)
Cons:
1. Ofsted 'Good' Rated.
2. BTEC Media only equivalent to 1 A Level.
3. A small school.

Godalming College
Pros:
1. Ofsted 'Outstanding' Rated.
2. Choice of Subjects: A Level CompSci, A Level Economics and BTEC Level 3 Creative Digital Media (equivalent to 2 A Levels).
3. More focused at Year 12 and 13 (since its a college).
Cons:
1. Almost 1.5hours worth of travel time each way (3 hours of travel time a day).
2. Large cohort: so no focused attention.

Both offer Oxbridge training, and similar choice of subjects. However, is it worth going 3 hours a day to an Ofsted 'Outstanding' college, or is 'Good' good enough?
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Do not take any notice of the difference between outstanding and good in terms of Ofsted ratings.
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(Original post by theauricmitra)
Hello TSR Community!

I've just got my GCSE results, and I am in a dilemma in which Sixth Form college to go to. I have the choice to go to either Hollyfield Sixth Form or Godalming College. However, there are certain problems I am facing with each of them.

Hollyfield Sixth Form
Pros:
1. Literally a 3-minute walk from my house.
2.Choice of Subjects given: A Level CompSci, A Level Sociology and BTEC Media (equivalent to only 1 A Level)
Cons:
1. Ofsted 'Good' Rated.
2. BTEC Media only equivalent to 1 A Level.
3. A small school.

Godalming College
Pros:
1. Ofsted 'Outstanding' Rated.
2. Choice of Subjects: A Level CompSci, A Level Economics and BTEC Level 3 Creative Digital Media (equivalent to 2 A Levels).
3. More focused at Year 12 and 13 (since its a college).
Cons:
1. Almost 1.5hours worth of travel time each way (3 hours of travel time a day).
2. Large cohort: so no focused attention.

Both offer Oxbridge training, and similar choice of subjects. However, is it worth going 3 hours a day to an Ofsted 'Outstanding' college, or is 'Good' good enough?
Go local - the Ofsted report appears to be 2008 and the 'rules' for outstanding were different. Anything before September 2012 is judged far less strictly and did not tale pupil progress into account.
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