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Class sizes are kept to around 20 (22 max) in the popular subjects, supported by over 140 staff and technical assistants; smaller numbers attend the more unusual options, electronics, dance, graphic communication, Turkish. As part of Wednesday enrichment, there’s an in-house dance troupe and theatre shows, including an annual talent show and a Christmas production, which take place in the drama studio or at Islington’s Almeida Theatre. Students from both music and music tech courses join with…

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Since September 2022, Colleen Marshall. She joined as vice principal in 2019, having held previous senior management roles at USP College. An experienced physical education teacher and coach, with over 15 years of experience.


Five 4s needed at GCSE to study three A levels, higher grades required to take four subjects, and the college sets its own entrance test for maths. Applicants are encouraged to visit the open day in November and apply before the end of January. Oversubscribed, more than four applicants per place, but interviews 2,500 before making offers. A nucleus of students from Islington and Hackney, and has a partnership with three local schools: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Holloway, and Islington Arts and Media, which have priority, although current cohort attended 200 different secondary schools. A taster day at the start of July...

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Special Education Needs

At City and Islington College we are committed to the principles of inclusive learning. We believe that by recognising, valuing and responding to differences in the ways in which students learn we can improve the quality of learning for everyone. We welcome and encourage students who, though they have achieved the entry requirements, need support in order to access their courses due to a learning difficulty or disability. It is important to note that all students need to apply early in January and those students with significant needs e.g. transport or personal care, are encouraged to make an appointment to see us in the autumn term prior to admission to discuss support issues.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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