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Colchester Sixth Form College

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Established  1987
DfE number  881/8600
Ofsted  Reports
Number of students  3,200
Local authority  Essex County Council
Principal  Ian MacNaughton
Type  Sixth form college
DfE URN  130680 Tables
Phone  +44 1206 500700
Founded  1987
Gender  Mixed-sex education
Colchester Sixth Form College

Location  North Hill Colchester Essex CO1 1SN England
Address  North Hill, Colchester CO1 1SN, UK

The Sixth Form College, Colchester is a sixth form college in Colchester, England. Established in 1987, it provides further education in the north Essex area. The College has consistently ranked highly on the AS/A-level performance tables in which the results have been above the national average and the average for Essex. The College was assessed as 'outstanding' by OFSTED in 2007/08, including 'outstanding' assessments in all 11 inspection categories.


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The College is located on the former site of the Gilberd School. Recently constructed parts of the building were designed by local architects Martin Wilesmith and Bob Ward of the Roff Marsh Partnership.

In 1994 Blur played a show at the college - three out of four members of Blur have links with Colchester, with drummer Dave Rowntree having attended the Gilberd School.

In 2013, the college served as the backdrop for a submission in the official Brian May and Kerry Ellis crowdsourced music video for "The Kissing Me Song". A portion of the submission can be seen in the subsequent concert release "The Candlelight Concerts: Live in Montreux 2013".


The College offers courses and qualifications to more than 3100 students - including a large range of AS-Levels and A-Levels; GCSEs; and since 2003, the International Baccalaureate. It is mandatory for students studying AS/A-levels to take at least 3 academic subjects; most AS-level courses cover seven periods per week, while most A-level courses cover eight periods per week.

Additional studies

An extensive Additional Studies programme is run to suit individual interests or to support a career aim. Most courses run over two terms for between one and three periods a week, and some lead to nationally recognized qualifications.

The college's music Additional Studies are notable. It has an orchestra, a band, a choir, and has many music events throughout the year. Instrumental lessons are provided at college at a subsidised cost, and students taking music A-level or IB receive half an hour's free music tuition each week. The Essex Music Foundation also pays for the college's students to take grade 5 and 8 instrumental and theory exams, using the exam board ABRSM.

Committees and representation

The Sixth Form College, Colchester has a college council which includes committees for Arts, Social, Charities, Environmental, International and Sports (primarily student-run). Executive positions include a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Public Relations officer.

Coffee bar - Russ Shop and Ethical Café

A student volunteer-run facility that serves hot and cold drinks, and snacks. It is a Fairtrade, not-for-profit organisation supporting the Russ Foundation in India. It is open from September to May each year.

College magazine

The college produces a magazine. All the articles are written by students. In the academic year 2010/2011 the magazine was called 'Banter', in the academic year 2012/2013 the magazine was called 'Vision', and in the academic year 2013/2014 the magazine was called 'Perspective'. It is called 'Pulse' as of the academic year 2016/2017.

Student radio

The college has run its own radio station (Storm Radio) since 1995. The shows are presented by students from both years and make use of mixed genres of music, while the station itself functions and is treated by the music industry as any other commercial radio station. The station can be received on 999AM/999MW in the College area and across the IT network in most classroom locations. It can also be picked up in certain areas around Colchester Town Centre. It usually broadcasts for 2 and a half hours a day, although for a one off special in 2002 it broadcast for 24 consecutive hours.

Notable alumni

  • Dermot O'Leary - television and radio presenter
  • Coffin Joe - founding member of punk rock band The Horrors
  • Jamie Lidell - Electronic musician
  • Luke Wright - Poet
  • Damon Albarn - Lead singer of Blur
  • Rat Boy - Musician
  • References

    Colchester Sixth Form College Wikipedia