Long Road Sixth Form College
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Long Road Sixth Form College (LRSFC) is a state funded co-educational sixth form college in Cambridge, England. It is situated on Long Road, from which it draws its name, and is also located next to the Bio-Medical Campus which encompasses Addenbrooke's Hospital. The college provides full-time AS and A-level courses in addition to GCSE retake courses and many vocational courses.
The college was established in 1974 and occupies a 23-acre (93,000 m2) site. Prior to this it was the Cambridgeshire High School for Girls, a girls grammar school. A significant portion of the college's current buildings date from this period, although there has been extensive renovation and the construction of three entirely new blocks, as well as a new sports centre that opened in 2005 (the college's first new sports building since 1939). Other recent renovation projects included the expansion of the Learning Resource Centre and the creation of two new classrooms.
The college today
The college has approximately 2,000 full-time students enrolled, who are between the ages of 16 and 19. Most of these students study on A- and AS-Level courses, although an increasing number are taking Level 3 Diploma courses, and many also study on one-year GCSE courses or level 2 diploma courses. Around 75% of students go onto Higher Education from Long Road each year and students tend to apply for a broad range of different universities, from Redbricks to former Polytechnics, with a small proportion going on to Oxbridge. A significant proportion of students each year also go into full-time work, often in management traineeships, or take a gap year before further study or work. The College is in the top 10% in the country for helping students achieve better grades than were predicted when they joined the College.
The college is spread out around several buildings. The main building consists of the college Learning Resource Centre, several computer rooms, a canteen, and a coffee bar on the ground floor. The Art quad has a central fountain and studios backing onto extensive grounds. In June 2012, the studio was opened for performing arts study in three distinct areas: The suite for Music teaching, the space for dance and rehearsals and the stage for drama. Teaching is in modern classrooms on the ground and first floor. Access is excellent across the site.
A wide range of A level subjects and National Diplomas are offered, in addition to level 2 subjects.
The college has excellent sport facilities with playing fields and an indoor sports centre (which includes a modern gymnasium), indoor basketball court, a football pitch, a rugby pitch, two outdoor basketball courts and two tennis courts.
- Heather Craney, an actress who has appeared in Vera Drake, Life of Riley and Torchwood
- Everton Fox, a weather presenter who previously presented for BBC Weather
- P. D. James, a crime writer (when the school was the Cambridgeshire High School for Girls).
- Kyan Kuatois, Singer-songwriter who appeared on Must Be the Music.
- Emerald O'Hanrahan, Actress who plays Emma Carter in The Archers.
- Nikita Stewart, Model
- Thomas Ridgewell, Director famous for his internet videos under the name TomSka