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Fashion Retail Academy receives outstanding Ofsted rating

Fashion Retail Academy has received an overall outstanding grade following a full Ofsted inspection in September this year.

Ofsted highlighted the “outstanding partnerships” with fashion retail employers and praised the on-going careers advice and guidance.

Almost all students gain employment at their first-choice employer or move into higher education and it recognised the “excellent” learning facilities and resources, adding that teaching, learning and assessment are of the highest quality.

Principal Lee Lucas said he was delighted with the report, which “captures the essence of life at the FRA exceptionally well”.

He said it is critical to keep the needs of employers at the top of the agenda and proactively develops programmes to address emerging skills gaps in partnership with the industry.

“We are currently working on multiple strategic projects to further enhance our experience and offer which includes the launch of two new Higher Education courses,” he said.

The employer-led college was formed 12 years ago in response to a skills gap for new entrants to the fashion retail industry, founded as a trailblazer for the National Skills Academy model and established with charitable status.

It now works in partnership with more than 130 retailers from high street, digital to luxury brands.

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