The City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College is medium size, approximately 1600 full-time students aged 16-19, attracted from a wide area of North Staffordshire and beyond, including all areas of the City itself. Established in 1970, the college was the first purpose built Sixth Form College in the country. In the summer of 2010, the college re-located to the University Quarter area of the City, at the heart of the regeneration area to a prestigious site clearly visible to all who enter the city by road or rail.
In terms of the gender balance of students, there are slightly more female than male students in line with the national picture for A Level students, approximately 18% are from the ethnic minority community; exceeding the local population. The College’s mission is ‘A caring community, delivering excellence and inspiring futures’ where all students are encouraged to achieve their full personal and academic potential. The College provides a caring and ambitious community that enables each young person to aspire and achieve the very best.
Progression beyond college is impressively high with 80% typically moving on to higher education destinations and the remaining 20% to good jobs or apprenticeships. The College has recently welcomed the establishment of an HE Plus Hub in partnership with Cambridge University to promote progression to Russell Group and other research intensive universities – not just for college students but for young people across the region.
The College is the only Sixth Form College in Staffordshire. There is no such thing as a typical SFC, each has its own needs and culture. Unlike school sixth forms, they have the capacity to teach a wide variety of both academic qualifications such as GCSEs and A Levels (the latter of which SFCs get better results in than schools), along with vocational courses. The combination options surpass many GFEs and school sixth forms, with students having the opportunity for instance, to study an A Level in Computing alongside a BTEC national diploma in Law or A level Music and French alongside BTEC Dance.
The college offers 4 main programmes of study:
Students in addition to the above are expected to participate in some form of additional enrichment activity with a big range to choose from including many student led clubs and societies, Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Futures Programme, Extended Project, HE Plus, High Achievers, recreational and competitive sport and many more. They may also be required to resit GCSE Maths or English if achieving below a grade 4 at school
A Building for Learning, The new Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College building was the first development in the city’s University Quarter regeneration scheme. The £26 million College relocated to its new base on Leek Road by Staffordshire University in the summer of 2010.
As part of the University Quarter, a series of collaborative, education-led shared facility projects continue to occur that are designed to promote economic, social and physical regeneration of the sub-region. Learning is at the heart of the building, students and staff were involved at every stage of the design. With high levels of light and visibility, flexible learning spaces and the latest technology, the facilities are amongst the best in the sector. This location could not be more appropriate, given the ethos of the college, a “bridge” between school and university or employment.
The Science Centre is a unique facility for Sixth Form College students making available University standard laboratories to all who study science.
The City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College is a thriving, lively and successful Sixth Form College, committed to social inclusion. The College is located in an award-winning, state of the art building at the heart of the University Quarter of Stoke on Trent, adjacent to Stoke Railway Station, providing excellent travel links.
In September 2017, the College achieved academy status as part of the Potteries Educational Trust. The Trust is working collaboratively with educational institutions from across Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and beyond, seeking to improve outcomes for all children and young people in the region. In October 2017, Ofsted Inspectors graded the College ‘Good’ with several excellent features and praised staff and students for creating a supportive learning community.
Inspectors were impressed with the relentless focus on continuing to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, leading to our learners making good or excellent progress. The College’s mission is ‘A caring community, delivering excellence and inspiring futures.’
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A caring community, delivering excellence and inspiring futures
Underlying the strategic mission and plan are key principles and values. These seek to make a statement about what we believe is important. They influence not only what we seek to do, but more importantly the way we intend to do it.
Individuals matter. The college is a community of learners, comprising both students and staff. We are committed to seeking the views of learners and identifying and providing appropriately for the learning, outcomes and development needs of each individual in an environment that is safe, stimulating, enjoyable, challenging, and fun and in which the college strives to deliver the five outcomes of Every Child Matters (ECM).
Diversity and mutual respect. Equality of opportunity and inclusivity are guiding principles in all aspects of college life. We are committed to celebrating diversity and creating opportunities for the development of mutual understanding to foster respect for others and to support the development of rounded and reasoning individuals.
Integrity and leadership. We expect the highest standards of professional conduct and attitude. We will encourage and support innovation, creativity and accountability through systems of shared leadership and joint responsibility that are based upon the exercise of responsible judgement. This will be supported by a commitment to respond with pace to changes both locally and nationally.
Partnership working for the benefit of learners in North Staffordshire. We will endeavour to work with others; schools, colleges, higher education, local authority and employers in order to build relationships and collaboration that adds value to provision in the area.
Creating opportunities. The college seeks to develop its curriculum and support arrangements that increase participation, achievement and progression in order to maximise accessibility to learning opportunities.
Continuous improvement. The college is committed to continuous improvement and maximising potential. This includes an ambition in respect of the performance of students and staff through an emphasis upon the development of human and physical resources to ensure more effective, efficient and innovative ways of working and learning.
Social responsibility. Social and economic regeneration. The Sixth Form College seeks to work with others to play a role in local social and economic regeneration in the City of Stoke on Trent and across North Staffordshire.
A commitment to sustainability. The college is committed to further developing a culture of environmental awareness and responsible sustainability. This principle will underpin the maintenance and development of the physical environment in which we work.