Newham Sixth Form College

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Newham Sixth Form College
NewVic logo.jpg
Established 1992
Type Sixth form college
Principal Eddie Playfair
Location Prince Regent Lane
Greater London
E13 8SG
England Coordinates: 51°31′20″N 0°01′49″E / 51.5223°N 0.0304°E / 51.5223; 0.0304
Local authority Newham
DfE URN 130452 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Website NewVIc

Newham Sixth Form College, also known as NewVIc, is a sixth form college with its headquarters in Plaistow in Newham, east London. It was established in 1992.[1]

With more than 2,500 full-time students, NewVIc is London’s largest sixth form college.[2] It offers a wide range of subjects and courses from specialist A-level pathways to advanced, intermediate and foundation level vocational courses.

The college has recently launched the NewVIc Honours Programme, which is a tailored academic programme of curriculum, enrichment and guidance.

The college community includes over 300 staff.


A school was first opened on the site as the municipal Plaistow Secondary School in 1926.[3][4] In 1945 this became Plaistow Grammar School (later known as Plaistow County Grammar School)[5] which in 1972 merged with Faraday Secondary Modern School to become Cumberland Comprehensive School.[6] On conversion to a sixth form college student numbers grew at a dramatic rate, increasing from 750 in the first year to over 2,000 in the 2002/3 academic year[7] and more than 2,500 in 2009/10.[8] The college was led from 1991 to 2008 by Sid Hughes, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Teaching Awards of 2005[9] and was awarded an honorary degree by University of East London upon his retiring from NewVIc.[10] The current principal is Eddie Playfair, who has been in place since 2008.[11]



The college curriculum includes specialist A-level courses which are unique to NewVIc, offering some students specific courses in financial services or economics. The college also offers AS levels, level 3 BTEC extended diplomas, level 2 BTEC diplomas, foundation level courses and ESOL programmes.

Advanced students[edit]

NewVIc offers the opportunity to work towards the Sixth Form Bac (SFBac), which is run in conjunction with a number of colleges nationwide, or an Honours Programme tailored around A-level and BTEC level 3 goals, including extracurricular activities.

Academic performance[edit]

In summer 2011 A-level students gained a record 141 A* and A grades. 31 of which were at A* grade. Students achieved 100% pass rates in 14 A-level subjects, and more than 1 in 3 candidates achieved an A*, A or B grade. Among vocational students, a record 123 achieved a triple distinction, the highest grade possible. Ten BTEC extended diploma courses achieved 100% pass rates.

Department for Education figures showed that in 2011 100% of students at the end of their studying achieved at least 1 A-level pass, while 97% achieved 2 A-levels or equivalent and 77% achieved 3.[12]


NewVIc is a purpose-built college with facilities which include:

  • newly refurbished multi-media suites
  • engineering workshops
  • over 1,100 computers and netbooks with internet and email access
  • outdoor floodlit multi-use games area with free sports equipment on loan to students
  • free car parking for students
  • dance studios
  • multi-faith room for quiet reflection and prayer
  • wireless computing facilities

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Jeffery. G. (2005). The Creative College: building a successful learning culture in the arts. Trentham Books. 
  1. ^ "Newham Sixth Form College celebrated during annual awards ceremony". Newham Recorder. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "School and Local statistice". Department for Education. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "British History Online; West Ham – Education, A history of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (pp. 144-157) – Secondary and senior schools founded before 1945". University of London & History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "West Ham’s Timeline". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Priestley, Harold. Plaistow Sec: The Story of a School. pp. 92–93. 
  6. ^ "Leading education and social research". Institute of Education, University of London. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Performance tables 2003". Department for Education. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Performance Tables 2010". Department for Education. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Teaching Awards 2005 winner - London". Teaching Awards Trust. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Alumni Enewsletter Jan '09 - 2008 Graduation Ceremonies". University of East London. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Speakers 2012". Wellington College. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Newham Sixth Form College". Department for Education. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Rayner, Gordon; Bingham, John (2 November 2010). "Stephen Timms stabbing: how internet sermons turned quiet student into fanatic". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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