Welcome to Hereford Sixth Form College
I am delighted that you are considering applying to our College. We are very proud of the way our students develop, are supported and challenged, and achieve so well and we hope that you will choose to be part of our success story too.
I would like to begin by introducing myself. After 18 years as the College’s Deputy Principal, I am honoured to be taking over as the next Principal, with the retirement of Jonathan Godfrey. Throughout this time we have worked together with a team of outstanding teachers and support staff to ensure that our students get the best possible experience and opportunities.
Hereford Sixth Form College was established in 1973 and has a long history of offering a broad general education in a caring and supportive environment enabling you to gain the qualifications you need to enter higher education or employment.
Facilities are first rate and teaching by experts helps you to learn to take responsibility for your own learning and enjoy your courses.
We have both a local and national reputation for excellence as one of the top sixth form colleges in the country, recognised in the educational sector when we received the Times Educational Supplement’s Sixth Form College of the Year Award in 2016. In 2008, the College was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted and I am delighted that we have managed to maintain this rating over the years, being the only sixth form college in the West Midlands to have achieved this.
High Achievements in All Areas
We achieve outstanding results and the performance of our top 100 students compares favourably with those students at any state or private school in the country. However, we are a College for all abilities and aptitudes and we are equally as proud of our students who retake GCSE examinations and we have seen our success in this area become one of the best in the country.
Huge Range of Opportunities
In addition to academic A Levels, the College offers you a range of vocational qualifications which are highly valued by universities, employers and apprenticeships. Many of these are equivalent to A Levels and you can study any combination of A Levels and vocational subjects.
Whilst our results are excellent, we are not an exam factory and all of our students follow a general education programme which prepares you with essential skills and knowledge to maximise your career opportunities. A higher than an average number of our students progress to Oxbridge/Russell Group universities and competitive apprenticeships/employment. We also encourage you to participate in an array of enrichment activities, unrivalled in the area, including sports, drama, music and student debates. There really is something for everyone and whether you are a seasoned performer in sport, music, drama or another activity or just a beginner, we will encourage you.
How do we do it?
Our well-qualified and dedicated staff specialise in teaching 16-18-year-olds. Our students enjoy learning, socialising and exploring ideas with people of their own age. We have sufficient numbers to make worthwhile teams and groups which allow you to follow shared interests and help you to achieve your best.
Many of our students travel from neighbouring countries including Wales. We do not want the cost of transport to be a barrier to studying with us and travel is subsidised. There is also a nearby car park which enables students to park and walk easily to College.
We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding sixth form experience, whether studying A Levels or vocational/ applied subjects. Our aim is to help you develop your interests, gain valuable life knowledge and skills and fully achieve your potential through your chosen subjects.
I look forward to welcoming you to the College.
The College has approximately 800 computers in dedicated computer rooms and also spread throughout the departments in the College. Our three-year replacement policy ensures computers in the main access areas are up-to-date. All computers have Windows software and Microsoft Office installed. The College has a broadband connection for internet access which provides outstanding access speed from all networked computers.
You will have your own access account which includes an e-mail facility and the College’s VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) which will give you access to subject resources from both College and home. Your College e-mail will also be accessible from home via the internet.
The Library is a busy, vibrant resource centre at the heart of the College. It is staffed by a team of experienced and approachable librarians who are always on hand to help you find the information you need.
During term time it is open from 8.15am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday and offers a wide range of information to help with your assignments. Resources include books, DVDs, music CDs, journals, magazines and newspapers, most of which may be borrowed using your College ID card.
The Library subscribes to a number of online resources which are available via the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). These include general reference resources, various newspaper and magazine archives, JSTOR (a database of academic journals) and a broad selection of subject-specific resources.
The computers in the Library are available on a drop-in basis and may be used for any College-related activities. WiFi is also available to enable the use of your own devices.
Various study environments are provided to ensure that you make the best use of your free time. You may choose to work with a friend or in a small group in the Library; on your own in complete silence in the Cloisters or the Silent Study Room or you might prefer the calming atmosphere of the quiet Reading Room or the Study Space.
Additional facilities include black and white and colour printers, scanners and copiers, laminating and binding facilities and the Library shop, which stocks a wide range of stationery and equipment at very competitive prices.
All students automatically become members of the Library at enrolment and an introduction to the facilities and resources will form part of your induction programme during the first few weeks at College.
The Student Support Team help with general problems and enquiries. They also distribute meal vouchers and deal with lost property. They will assist you if you feel unwell or require first aid.
Student Well-Being Adviser
Our Well-Being Adviser provides confi dential information, advice and support on any personal issue including sexual health and healthy relationships, emotional issues, keeping safe, housing, fi nance, benefi ts, smoking cessation advice and legal rights. Drop-in sessions run four days a week without the need for an appointment. Health awareness is also promoted throughout the College year with regular poster displays, information and events on a range of topics.
The College welcomes applications from students with a learning difficulty, disability or medical condition and disclosing such information does not affect your application.
We would encourage you to indicate on the application form that you have additional support needs. We can then discuss your support requirements with you.
Our dedicated and highly qualified Learning Support team offers services and support for students with specific learning difficulties, disabilities and long-term conditions. They will assess students and arrange appropriate examination access arrangements and support to enable students to achieve their individual learning goals. Typical access arrangements can include:
- extra time
- word processing
- a reader/computer reader
- coloured paper
Study support will be tailored to meet your individual needs and can include:
- examination and revision skills
- prioritising and organising work
- communicating your needs to subject tutors
- transition advice to university, work or further education after College
Specialist External Support
We have a range of external contacts. For example, if you have a hearing or visual impairment we can organise specialist help.
Study Skills sessions are offered to all students at College. These sessions aim to support you if you would like to develop good study habits and manage your own learning.
Students are encouraged to speak to a tutor if they feel they would like to be referred to Learning Support.
If you would like to discuss your Learning Support needs, please ask to speak to Ann Snee, Head of Learning Support.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.