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The atmosphere is relaxed and informal – with students wearing their own clothes and on first name terms with teachers. Inside classrooms, they’re attentive and enthusiastic and during recreational time – when corridors and outside areas can get a bit congested – they’re chatty and jovial, but not unruly. ‘It’s not uncool to want to work and be involved,’ one student told us.

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What the school says...

The Sixth Form College provides broad and challenging academic education for 16–19 year olds, combined with excellent pastoral care and support, personal development opportunities and a fantastic range of wider activities. Because of this specialist sixth form focus our staff, many of whom are examiners, have a level of experience and expertise in delivering AS/A levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma that is second to none in sixth form education.
We are proud of the academic success of our students. Their examination results have been extremely impressive, by both local and national standards. Consistently, the average 'value added' package of results achieved (the comparison between a student’s package of GCSE results on entry and their results on leaving) places our students collective successes very significantly above the national average.
Our International Baccalaureate students also consistently achieve an outstanding level of success, with their average IB points well above both the national and international averages. The College remains committed to delivering a curriculum that meets the needs of each student by offering each an individually crafted timetable - supported with a strong pastoral system and student support arrangements. The proof of the success of our approach is clear to see in the excellent exam results achieved by our students each year.
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Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since 1997, Ian MacNaughton BA (50s), read economics and social sciences at UEA. Previously taught at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College and Brockenhurst College. Also worked in a Hampshire County Council residential boarding house for 11-18 year-olds.

With his office based smack in the middle of the main college building, he is a visible presence around college, which is also helped by the fact that he usually teaches economics (although didn’t the year we visited due to management and strategic demands). Students and parents describe him as ‘approachable,’ although inevitably in an educational institution of this size, many have no experience of dealing with him personally. Passionate about not just the college itself, but the wider FE sector – although we noticed he can be better at talking...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
Y
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived] Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived] Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived] Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived] Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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