Staff and students at Walsall Adult & Community College have plenty to celebrate this New Year after learning the college has been graded as Outstanding by Ofsted, for its teaching and learning.

The College is the first in the country to be judged as 'Outstanding' under the new Ofsted framework and short notice inspection regime and comes almost three years to the day since it was graded 'Good' in a previous inspection.

Under the leadership of its Principal, Maria Gilling the college received the highest grade possible for all five areas: Overall Effectiveness of Provision, Outcomes for Learners, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Effectiveness of Leadership and Management. All areas of provision were graded Outstanding including Apprenticeship training, programmes for 16-18 year olds, adults and community development courses.

WALSALL POLICE are keen to trace a hooded man who flashed at a woman as she walked through Pelsall Wood Common.

An investigation was launched by local officers after a man exposed himself to the 38-year-old victim as she walked along a public footpath on 8 January.

The woman was heading from Wood Lane across the common at around 2pm last Tuesday, when she walked passed the man, whose trousers were undone and he was exposing himself. She was unharmed and police later launched an investigation.

The man is described as white, around 5ft 11in to 6ft tall, in his mid to late 30s, and he was wearing a red hooded top with the hood pulled over his head, and a grey waterproof jacket.

Southey Close A MAN arrested following a major fire in Willenhall remains in police custody this afternoon (Monday 8 October).

The 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following the blaze at maisonettes on Southey Close in the early hours of today.

Emergency services arrived at the scene at 2.15am to find a fire which is believed to have spread from a wheelie bin adjacent to the building.

As fire-fighters battled through the flames to rescue stricken tenants, they discovered a man collapsed inside the building; he was pronounced dead at the scene and is yet to be identified.

CCTV of Possible BurglarA GROUP of youths are thought to be responsible for a burglary in Willenhall, Walsall last month.

CCTV footage shows the teens coming and going on bikes around the Brackendale Precinct in Stroud Avenue between 11.30am and 1pm on Saturday 1 September.

One image shows a young man on a flat roof above the shops. Police are appealing to the public to help identify him.

The thieves ransacked a first floor flat and took a number of electrical items, after forcing the front door.

POLICE have been granted more time to question a man arrested on suspicion of the murder of two people at a Walsall block of flats.

Detectives detained the 43-year-old at the scene on Saturday morning, 6 October, after the discovery of two bodies.

A 69-year-old woman was found inside a flat, in Acacia Avenue on the Yew Tree Estate with fatal injuries whilst the body of a man, believed to be in his 40s, was discovered by officers on ground behind the apartments.

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