This week the long awaited Sunday Times Parent Power League Tables were published, listing the top 50 colleges across the UK. Once again the tables make excellent reading for King Edward VI College Stourbridge, confirming their position as 4th nationally and the most successful college in the region, southern, and central England, in terms of A Level qualifications per student.

 

Principal Sharon Phillips said she was “delighted” at this national accolade, adding “I am so pleased that our students and staff have gained the recognition they deserve. But it’s also great that the Sunday Times has gone to such lengths to promote the successes of Sixth Form Colleges which it describes as ‘the perfect stepping stone’ between GCSEs and university”. This summer 60 students from the college gained four or more A levels at grades A* or A whilst two thirds of subject based A level passes were at grade A*, A, or B.

 

Director of Admissions, Peter Gray, confirmed the results were also “fantastic news” for students living outside the local area, adding “September 2013 will see the launch of six dedicated college bus services for students who want to seize the opportunities King Edward’s offers but who would struggle with the journey to college using public transport”.  Two services will run from the Wolverhampton area. The first will start in the Fordhouses area to the north of the city each morning and travel to college via Wolverhampton town centre, Sedgley, Milking Bank and Brierley Hill, the second starting on the western outskirts of the city Six and travelling to college via Wombourne, Swindon, Kingswinford and Wordsley. Each service will also collect college students from all recognized bus stops en route. The services are timed to arrive just before morning lessons and will re-trace their routes at the end of each afternoon.

In addition to offering a safe, convenient, and relatively quick way to travel to college the buses also provide students with unlimited Wi-Fi access and have GPS devices allowing students and their parents to track the bus in real time using a Smartphone app. Adam Brookes, Head of Sales for the services which are being provided by The Green Bus Company said feedback from parents in these areas had been key in deciding to offer this service, full details of which are available on the company website, www.thegreenbuscompany.co.uk. Applications for the college close on February 8th.