Raise the rate

In January 2019, the Sixth Form Colleges Association conducted an online survey of state schools (school sixth forms, academy sixth forms and free school sixth forms) and colleges (FE colleges and sixth form colleges) in England. The survey was conducted on behalf of the twelve organisations behind the Raise the Rate campaign. The aim of the survey was to assess the impact of funding cuts and cost increases on the education of sixth form students. Of the 1.1 million students that currently participate in 16 to 18 education in the state sector, 60% study at a college and 40% study at a school. The leaders of 271 schools and colleges that educate 282,994 16 to 18-year-old students (26% of the cohort) responded to the survey. Key findings ...

Student news

League winners We are so proud of our star rugby team - who have just been announced as winners of the AOC West Midlands division 3 league, score 50-29 to us! Played at home in the grounds of Stourbridge Rugby Club against BMET. Congratulations to all the lads and to their dedicated coach, Darren Knott.   Cycling stardom This is Ben Healy, our rising cycling star who now rides for Team WIGGINS Le Col, arguably the biggest team in the country after Sky. He has recently been racing on the continent against some big names and is seen here in his team kit. We are already huge fans of Ben!  ...

Chemistry Olympiad

This year 42 of our year 13 chemistry students decided to take part in the 2019 Chemistry Olympiad.The Olympiad is run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is an annual competition for students within a further education setting. The aim of the competition is to further develop students and encourage them to apply their existing knowledge in new and interesting contexts.The competition is made up of three stages, starting with a written test and round three ending with only four students being selected from all those to represent the UK in the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad in July.The students who took part opted to receive and additional hour lesson each week and with their teachers, Jen De Voogd and Ed Babington, worked o...

Geologists visit Liverpool University

On Saturday 16th February Geology students attended the annual Herdman Symposium at Liverpool University. Geologists from around the country (and the world) gathered to attended talks on volcanoes, plant fossils, and the latest findings on Mars. The students involved also had a tour of the University's Earth Science Department and the opportunity to chat to the experts. Students involved (left to right): Alice Hopkins, Ben Wareham, Daisy Marshall, Sophie Edwards, Momoto Craddock, Jack Batty, Nathan Hyatt.

King Ed's rugby having great season

The rugby season culminates over the next week with a crunch home match that could see King Ed's crowned champions of the AOC West Midlands Division 3. The team has already had one of their best seasons ever racking up 6 league victories and only 1 defeat and the team sits joint top with just one league match to play. Their most recent match, a 40-34 victory at Tresham College, reversed their only defeat of the season so far. Trailing 22-0 the result was all the more pleasing with Tom Hartley scoring three tries. A great all round performance! Whilst success has been built on powerful team performances with superb individual contributions from every member of the squad there have also been particularly notable season long performances fro...

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