Ashton Sixth Form College
|Ashton Sixth Form College|
|Type||sixth form college|
|Principal||Dr Janet Nevin|
|Former names||Ashton-under-Lyne Grammar School|
The college mostly accepts students graduating from the two secondary schools in Ashton-under-Lyne, as well as from the larger Tameside area. Courses offered by the college include A-levels, AGCEs and Diplomas.
It is situated near Mossley Road (A670) near the junction with Queen's Road (B6194) near Tameside General Hospital.
The building opened in 1928 as the co-educational Ashton-under-Lyne Grammar School. It had around 600 boys and girls in the 1960s, and 800 in the early 1970s, and 950 by the time it closed with 250 in the sixth form. It was run by Lancashire Education Committee until 1974, then Tameside Metropolitan Borough.
Sixth form college
It became a sixth form college in 1980 when most schools in Tameside became 11–16 schools.
There are only four places to take A-levels in Tameside: two further education colleges and two 11–18 schools. The college has achieved A-level results that have been slightly above the national average, but the college currently ranks third in the mini-league table of institutions offering A-level courses in Tameside. In the 2012 academic year 92% of students received three A level passes or the equivalent.
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Ashton-under-Lyne Grammar School
- Andrew Bardsley, Chief Executive from 1973–80 of Harlow Development Corporation
- Cyril English, Chief General Manager from 1981–85 of the Nationwide Building Society
- Ronald Fraser, actor
- Ernest Hallsworth, Professor of Agricultural Chemistry from 1951–64 at the University of Nottingham, and President from 1964–68 of the International Society of Soil Science
- Peter Johnson, Chairman since 2007 of The Rank Group, and former Chief Executive of Inchcape plc from 1999-2005
- Eric Kinder, Chairman from 1990–97 of Smith & Nephew, and Chief Executive from 1982–90
- Kenneth Lomax, Professor from 1963-6 at the University of Leeds
- Sir John Pendry, Professor of Theoretical Solid State Physics since 1981 at Imperial College London
- John Savident, actor
- Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive since 1981 of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA)
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- BBC school league tables, Tameside (15 January 2009). "BBC school league tables: Tameside". BBC school league tables (BBC). Retrieved 25 July 2011.