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Positive Church of England Inspection Report

We are delighted to have received a very positive Report following the Church of England Periodic External Review which took place during the Summer Term of 2017.

The Report summarises: "The last decade has seen RCC grow from a residential college with about 50 ordinands in 2006 to a multi-pathway institution with over 200 full-time and part-time students for lay and ordained ministries, learning in five different locations. In addition, there are courses offered for those beginning theological study or exploring ministry, and for those well established in ministry; there are overseas links; and there is a resident community of religious sisters."

The Report particularly commends the College for "putting into practice its 'calling to serve the Church' by forming new partnerships and programmes to respond to the Church's needs" and for the "development of leaders for the Church who are collaborative and can work with diversity". The reviewers also praise the effective formational community within each of the programmes, the excellent interaction between staff and students, and the very good quality of accommodation for students.

Principal, Bishop Humphrey Southern, said "We are most grateful to the reviewers for the time and insight shown in preparing this Report which reflects the complex organisation we are today. We welcome the confidence they express in all aspects of our training and formation, along with their recommendations which represent an opportunity to meet our commitment to make continual improvements. We look forward to new students arriving at the beginning of this academic year on all our pathways confident in the quality of our training, formation and fellowship, and that we are fully preparing and equipping them for a wide variety of future ministries".

The full report is available at: https://www.churchofengland.org/clergy-office-holders/ministry/ministerial-education-and-development/quality-assurance-in-ministerial-education/inspection-reports.aspx




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