ST JOHN'S COLLEGE, Nottingham, has been praised for its
"contemporary" feel and "innovative" learning methods by inspectors
from the Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council.
An inspection report, published on Monday of last week,
expresses "confidence" in 11 out of 16 criteria, and "confidence
with qualifications" in the other five, including its teaching
staff and "business planning and risk management". It says that
these areas were already "receiving rigorous attention" when the
At the time of the inspection, in February, St John's was
training 72 C of E ordinands. It celebrates its 150th anniversary
The report says that the inspection took place "at a time of
considerable change for St John's". Its Principal, the Revd Dr
David Hilborn, had joined ten months before, succeeding Dr
Christina Baxter, who was Principal for 15 years.
The report notes that the college "feels very contemporary.
There is a clear and commendable desire to be abreast of current
thought." It also praises the college's "fresh and stimulating
learning environment, which caters for differing learning styles,
and which is flexible to the needs of the learning objectives in
Last year, St John's successfully passed an inspection by the
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, which monitors
quality and standards in university education (News, 5
The full inspection report can be read at www.churchofengland.org.