We were the first Sixth Form College to be established in England, back in 1966. There are approximately 95 similar colleges and, as a whole, they are considered to be one of the jewels in the crown of the English education system.
This college ranks among the best in many ways. We offer a very broad curriculum, consisting of more than 40 A Levels and 20 BTEC courses. In addition to the main qualifications, we have a very full range of enrichment qualifications, opportunities and activities available to help our students enhance their experience and prospects. All of this takes place within a wonderful campus that is just three years old now and provides our students with the most modern facilities and resources available.
We hope you will be able to use this website to learn more about the college and if you are considering applying to study here in 2015/16, the information here will help you decide whether we have the right course to help you with career plans.
Our exam results improved overall in 2014 and around 1,000 students left with qualifications that enabled them to progress to university and into high quality employment. Approximately 75 per cent of our students go on to study at universities around the country, and about 100 are accepted every year at elite institutions known as the Russell Group Universities.
The excellent achievement of our students is due to the huge amount of dedication and effort put in by our very experienced and high quality staff and by our students. We have specialist staff available to provide guidance and support and we greatly value the involvement of parents in helping the young people here to achieve their full potential.
College life is quite different from school and brings with it more freedom and more responsibility, too. We believe that it provides excellent preparation for higher education or the world of work. The students here are provided with everything they need to achieve the very best qualifications but there is so much more available to them to enable them to learn new skills, enjoy new experiences and to become the leaders of the future.
The staff, students and governors of the college believe in:
STUDENTS as the focus for the work of everyone in the college
MUTUAL RESPECT: caring for and valuing students, staff, governors and our community
INTEGRITY: honesty, working hard, taking personal responsibility and promoting equity and fairness
LEARNING: a passion for learning and its capacity to change lives
EXCELLENCE: high aspirations, high standards and high achievement