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Welcome to Arthur Mellows Village College






Message from the Head of College

I am delighted that you are considering joining the Sixth Form at Arthur Mellows Village College.


We pride ourselves on being a high performing comprehensive school, rated outstanding by Ofsted.  We pursue high standards and offer excellent educational opportunities through the high quality of our teafchers, our curriculum and our resources.


Now is the time to consider the options available to you at Post 16 and we believe that Arthur Mellows Village College can provide the appropriate learning environment for you to reach your full potential.  We appreciate you are currently ardently studying for your GCSE examinations, but it is important that you take time to select suitable courses.  This prospectus will provide you with the appropriate information to begin planning for study in Key Stage 5.


We have considered our subject courses carefully in order to provide a curriculum that will meet the needs of all students, taking into account differing interests, stills and passions.  We aim to ensure each student can access their particular selection of subject choices by offering a range of traditional and vocational subjects.  It is essential to choose subjects that motivate and inspire you, along with matching your longer term career goals.  Support in this is readily available at the College and we pride ourselves in the information, advice and guidance provided.


Arthur Mellows Village College welcomes students from other schools and colleges.  This prospectus and information is produced to help make an informed judgement as to the suitability of Arthur Mellows for your Post 16 studies.  I hope you will take the opportunity to join us and become part of the range of activities and diverse nature of work that takes place here at Arthur Mellows.


I look forward to welcoming you into the Sixth Form.



Head of College


About us

The College was opened in 1949 and named to commemorate the life of Arthur Holdich Mellows, first Chairman of the Joint Education Board and Mayor of Peterborough.

At that stage, the College was already designated a ‘village college’ where adults as well as students of secondary school age would take classes. It was also to serve as a local cinema, medical centre and library; giving it a central community role. In 1949, there were 373 students aged between 11 and 15.
Twenty years later, the College began to take in Sixth Form students and, by 1972, had become fully comprehensive. Student numbers continued to rise and to-day we have around 1600 students, with more than 300 in the Sixth Form.
With effect from September 2010 the College made the decision to convert to Academy Status.  This decision was taken in response to an invitation from Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, for schools rated Outstanding by Ofsted to 'benefit from greater freedom to help them innovate and raise standards'.
We pride ourselves on being a high performing comprehensive school, with Specialist Status in Technology: a school which also establishes a caring, secure and stimulating Community College ethos that meets the needs of children.
In September 2010 the College became one of the new ‘Academy’ schools as a result of a direct invitation from the Department for Education due to our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted status. This ‘Academy Status’ will provide us with greater freedom to help the school innovate and enhance the performance of the young people in our care.
Our priority is to develop the full potential of all our students, whatever their ability.
We pursue high standards and foster a spirit of critical inquiry: both essential for providing students access to the knowledge, skills and values they need in order for them to take their place successfully in society. We offer excellent educational opportunities through the high quality of our teachers, our curriculum and our resources.
The College has now been consecutively graded by Ofsted as Outstanding in November 2009 and December 2004.  Key points from the latest inspection are as follows:
"Students' behaviour is excellent"
"Excellent relationships with their teachers mean the atmosphere within lessons is purposeful and positive"
"Students are unreservedly proud of their school"
One student explained: "Aiming high and trying your best is what this school is about"
"Students are confident, and highly articulate, when speaking"
"Personal development of Sixth Form students is promoted very well"
"The behaviour of Sixth Form students is impeccable"
It is important to us in all of this, to develop students’ sense of self-discipline and responsibility and to encourage their tolerance, understanding of and respect for others.
The College also places special value on developing a partnership with parents which will support students in gaining the best possible education.

Facilities available

Arthur Mellows Village College boasts outstanding facilities.  Teaching rooms are of a high standard and each subject area has acces to state of the art specialist equipment that will enhace Post 16 studies.  The dedicated facilities provided for our Sixth Form are excellent.  Students have exclusive ICT suites, study rooms and recreational areas for private study.  We provide a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and opportunities for self-development.

Additional support


All students have an enrichment option within their timetable.  This enables students to select and obtain an exciting specialist qualification away from the normal curriculum.  We have a leadership programme for all Year 12 students.  Our Year 13 students act as a mentor to the incoming Year 7's.  Students can be part of the Young Enterprise Team in which we have achieved regional success.  At Arthur Mellows, we pride ourselves in being the most prolific local school in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  The Arts department provide fantastic opportunities for Sixth Form students and our school play and music performances are always a resounding success.


Sixth Form Committee

The Sixth Form Committee is made up of students who represent the needs of the Sixth Form.  Representatives undertake an election process and the committee meets regularly to discuss issues and events.  Sixth Form students are also important members of the Student Council where issues raised, by either students or staff, are addressed.  The committee plays an important role in maintaining the Sixth Form's designated environment within school.



A range of indoor and outdoor sports are available.  There is an interschool fixture list in a variety of sports in which Arthur Mellows enjoys a high level of success.  We hold Sixth Form Sports Day and inter-form competitions, along with regular sporting events against other Year Groups and staff teams.  We have a state of the art fitness suite and the College is proud to be the longest standing Peterborough holder of the National Sports Mark.  The PE department holds the Silver Kitemark; this Government led scheme rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.  Our Sixth Form students are also given the opportunity to study for Community and Higher Sports Leader Awards.


Charities Events

The main thrust of Sixth Form fund raising is overseen by two elected Charity Representatives on the Sixth Form Committee.  Fund raising takes place throughout the entire academic year, with thousands of pounds being raised for various worthwhile causes.  National Charities such as Children in Need and The British Legion benefit on an annual basis, whilst funds and awareness are also raised for local organisations.


Visits and Visitors

Throughout the year, there are a number of trips arranged for Sixth Form students, including New York, Russia and London.  Some of the trips are subject specific but others are open to 'non specialists'.  We also run an annual Sixth Form ski trip.  In addition, we try to bring a wide range of visitors into school to talk and work with our students.


Social Events

There are regular social events run by the Sixth Form Committee.  One of the highlights of the year is undoubtedly the Sixth Form Prom, providing students and staff with an opportunity to relax and celebrate their achievements.  We also arrange days out for Sixth Form students.

Learner success

The vast majority of Arthur Mellows Sixth Form students go on to study at university.  A high number of students achieve their first choice of university and we have an impressive record of sending students to the Russell Group Universities, including a number of Oxbridge entries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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