Luton Sixth Form College

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Luton Sixth Sixth Form College
Established 1966
Type Sixth form college
Principal Chris Nicholls
Location Bradgers Hill Road
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU2 7EW
England United Kingdom Coordinates: 51°54′08″N 0°24′51″W / 51.9023°N 0.4142°W / 51.9023; -0.4142
DfE URN 130600 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Both male and female
Ages 16–19
Former name Luton Grammar School
Website Luton SFC

Luton Sixth Form College is a sixth form college situated in Luton, Bedfordshire.

Admissions[edit]

It is noted for its multiethnic population; 62% of the College's students are from minority ethnic groups.[1][2]

History[edit]

In 1904 Luton Council acquired the Modern School, which was a mixed-sex secondary school. This school moved into new buildings in Park Square in 1908 (now the site of the University of Bedfordshire). By 1919 the school had grown significantly and further expansion was needed. A new building was constructed at Alexandra Avenue for the girls (now the site of Denbigh High School). This school was named Luton High School for Girls; the boys continued at the old site in Park Square.

Grammar school[edit]

Again expansion meant that a new building was needed and, in 1938, the current college was built on the north side of Bradgers Hill Road as the new site for Luton Modern School. At that time, the school was on the northern edge of the developed area of Luton, with open countryside beyond. In 1944 the school became Luton Grammar School. A mixed-sex technical college remained at Park Square until it moved to Barnfield Avenue in the 1950s, as Luton Technical Grammar School, but it was often referred to as Luton Secondary Technical School or the Tech. The site is now home to Barnfield College.

Sixth Form College[edit]

In 1966 Luton Grammar School became the first Sixth Form College in the UK, drawing together the Sixth Forms from the three selective schools in Luton. Many of the staff from the previous sixth forms as well as the libraries moved to the Bradgers Hill Site.

Rebuild[edit]

In early 2007, the college announced plans to completely rebuild the site from ground up. The new £56million[3] college opened to students on 7 September 2010 on the site of the old college's playing fields. Currently, phase two of the rebuild is taking place which includes the demolition of the old buildings and the construction of a new car park, a cricket pitch, football pitches and a path from the entrance to the site to the new college in their place.[4]

College profile[edit]

Luton Sixth Form College takes a variety of people from different backgrounds into a variety of different courses.[1]

Student numbers[edit]

In October 2006 the following breakdown of numbers was recorded:

Programme Students
International Baccalaurate Year 1 22
International Baccalaurate Year 2 23
Advanced level single award (year 1) 590
Advanced level single award (year 2) 590
Advanced level double award (year 1) 268
Advanced level double award (year 2) 179
Intermediate level 200
Foundation level 23
Art Diploma 10
Total 1905

As of 2010 the official student number, between the ages of 16-18, is 2197.[5]

Academic performance[edit]

Office for Standards in Education Report[edit]

The Office for Standards in Education deemed the following to be the strengths and weaknesses of Luton Sixth Form College(quoting directly):

  • Key strengths
    • outstanding leadership and management
    • highly effective promotion of a multicultural ethos
    • overall, students achieving GCE grades higher than those predicted by their GCSE results, achieved by predicting lower grades at the beginning of the year.
    • fair standard of teaching and learning
    • very good specialist resources
    • thorough monitoring of student progress
    • excellent advice and guidance
    • excellent attendance and punctuality
    • relatively safe and secure environment.
  • What should be improved
    • key skills provision
    • effectiveness of group tutorials
    • sharing of teaching skills and best practice between subject teams
    • pass rates and the proportion of high grades achieved in some GCE AS and A-level subjects are significantly below the national average.

It gets A-levels slightly under the England average. There are only five places to take A-levels in Luton - the others are newly opened Sixth Forms at Barnfield West Academy and Barnfield South Academy, as well as Cardinal Newman Catholic High School (Luton) and Barnfield College.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Luton Grammar School[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b College profile
  2. ^ Leb Partnership. http://www.lebpartnership.co.uk/Luton%20VIth%20Form%20College%20-%20Activexpression%20research..pdf
  3. ^ KSS Architects. http://www.kssgroup.com/projects/luton-sixth-college.php
  4. ^ Baqus Construction Consultancy. http://www.baqus.co.uk/case_studies/entry/redevelopment_of_luton_sixth_form_college
  5. ^ Department for Education. http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/performancetables/school_10.pl?Mode=Z&No=8218600&Type=LA&Begin=b&Num=821&Phase=2&Year=10&Base=a
  6. ^ "Conor crowned Countdown champ". 5 March 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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