Coulsdon Sixth Form College
|Type||Sixth Form College|
|Headteacher||Steve P Oxlade|
Coulsdon College is a Sixth Form College for 16-19 year olds based in Old Coulsdon, London and is built on the site of Purley High School for Boys. Coulsdon College has been part of the Reigate College Federation since March 2013. Reigate College is a Beacon College which has been graded by Ofsted as outstanding since 2005.
The Executive Principal is Mr. Steve Oxlade and Mr. Brett Freeman was made the College's Principal in January 2014.
The College offers predominantly GCE AS/A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses, with provision for students to enrol on an Intermediate Programme (pre- A Level) and GCSE re-sit courses.
Students at Coulsdon College have the option to ‘mix and match’ A Levels with BTEC Level 3 courses, which allows them to customise their study programmes to best match their interests and abilities. The range of courses covers: Visual and Performing Arts; Business, Travel and Sport; Science, IT and Mathematics; Humanities; Languages and Media.
An enhancement programme is available for high performing students, where individual advice and guidance is given on a weekly basis to help them develop the skills required to gain entry to top universities.
Coulsdon College’s equal opportunities strategy ensures equal rights and opportunities in all aspects of education, irrespective of class, race, sex, age, sexual orientation or previous educational achievements. Students with any form of disability or learning difficulty will be fully accommodated and any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure they are not disadvantaged.
The College is housed in a three storey university style building. It has learning facilities such as an Independent Learning Centre (ILC) with 80 computers, books, daily newspapers, magazines and specialist periodicals.
Students can benefit from a Careers Centre where staff are available to help them carry out research and offer advice on making the right career choices.
Coulsdon College also offers students other facilities such as a Refectory, a theatre, dance studio, sport hall, gym, netball and tennis courts.
Coulsdon College has developed a sophisticated virtual learning environment called Moodle, which can be accessed from the College network and also from a home computer. Students have access on Moodle to online course material, independent learning activities and a large variety of media.
Students and staff have their own user area on the network with email, internet and Moodle access, with free Wi-Fi accessible across campus. The College has over 1,000 machines, equipped with industry-standard software and specialist educational programmes. Macs are available for all Media and Technology students who need to use them for their courses.
The College has set up a tutorial programme inspired by the university system. Every student has a personal tutor who both teaches them and is responsible for providing all the necessary help and support they need to ensure they do well.
Pastoral Directors and Senior Tutors are responsible for the organisation of the pastoral side of College life, together with the student’s personal tutor. They offer advice and guidance regarding performance and future ambitions. They are also the point of contact between the College and parents, with the aim that both parties feel free to contact each other about any problems affecting a student’s work.
Students from the College can take part in the College Activities Programme and get involved in extra-curricular clubs and activities. These change each term but usually include a mix of skill-based activities, recreational sports and career orientated clubs. The Activities Week in June enables Lower Sixth students to play a role in an action-packed week of activities, including external trips and a variety of College based experiences, such as visits to theatres, places of historic interest, but also personal fitness sessions, creative workshops and activities to help with career planning.
In addition to the floodlit Astro Turf football/hockey pitch, tennis courts and extensive playing fields on site, the College has a Sports Centre comprising a sports hall and fitness suite. A Football Academy, run in partnership with Redhill FC, offers students the chance to benefit from six hours of football coaching in addition to their main course at College.
The College has three fully equipped studios, one dedicated to Dance and two to Music, and a professionally fitted theatre. 'Hot Feet', the College's annual dance and a variety of musical and theatrical productions throughout the year enable students to express their performance skills.