Grade 1 from Ofsted

Hair Ott Academy has been named an ‘Outstanding Grade One provider for hairdressing training’ by Ofsted inspectors

‘This is a fantastic achievement and tribute to our dedicated, talented staff,’ said Hair Ott director Laura Ott. ‘We are proud to be giving the hairdressers of the future the very best start – it’s great news for the trainees and customers.’

Hair Ott has already tasted success, winning the British Hairdressing Award for training in September 2010. The company works to well above the required standards for vocational training, with learners leaving the Academy ‘salon-ready’ as employers want.

Students become professional, motivated and confident individuals who are able to think for themselves.

Ofsted was particularly impressed with Academy innovations such as ‘circle time,’ where learners use the colours red, amber and green to signal how they feel, if they’re eating properly and if they’re achieving what they want to.

This helps tutors spot any problems before they escalate – important in safeguarding trainees’ wellbeing as a whole, not just teaching them hairdressing skills.

As well as running one or two-year courses and apprenticeships, the Academy also works in local schools with 14-16 year-olds interested in a career in hairdressing.

Hair Ott Head of Education Karen Moore said: ‘Our training buzz words are Passion, Quality, Innovation and we are delighted to be giving students the tools to become fantastic hairdressers.’

Ofsted grades training schools Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory or Inadequate. Only a handful of Outstanding grades are awarded nationally.