Shrewsbury Sixth Form College

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Shrewsbury Sixth Form College
Motto "Unlocking potential... Shaping futures"
Established 1981
Type Sixth Form College
Religion Non-denominational
Principal Martin Ward
Assistant Principals Steve McAlinden
Paul Morgan
Janet Stephens
Location Priory Road,
England England Coordinates: 52°42′28″N 2°45′15″W / 52.7077°N 2.7541°W / 52.7077; -2.7541
Local authority Shropshire
DfE URN 130800 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff c.140
Students c.1,450
Gender Co-educational
Ages 16–19
Colours Blue, White, Black
Website SSFC

Shrewsbury Sixth Form College is a post-secondary co-educational sixth form college located in Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, England. The college, which is commonly referred to as SSFC, currently has an enrolment of approximately 1,450 students,[1] generally ranging between the ages of 16-19. The curriculum consists of AS and A2 levels. 2013 saw the introduction of an IT BTEC. GCSE English and Maths can only be taken alongside an A level programme as resits.[2] The college was ranked as the 17th best Sixth Form college in 2012 (out of 400 institutions),[3] has the best A-Level performance of any state-funded institution in Shropshire,[4] and has been awarded 'Beacon Status'.[5] The college's town centre campus includes several buildings of Grade II listed status.[6]

History and academic achievement[edit]

Shrewsbury Sixth Form College was founded in 1981 and has been growing ever since. In 2012 the college entered into an academic partnership with the University of Sheffield.

The Grade II listed main building, built in 1910, as viewed from Claremont Bank.

The college has been at the top of the sixth-form college league tables for both AS and A2 level results for many years. Nationally the college was rated as 12th and 27th best in 2004 and 2005 respectively, with students having an average of 305.1 UCAS points (approximately ABB/ABC at A-Level) in 2004.[7] In 2009 AS level pass rates were at 94.7%, with 66% achieving grades A-C. For A2 level in the same period, pass levels were up to 98.7%, with 79% achieving A-C grades.[8] In the 2010 rankings, the college had the second best A-Level performance in Shropshire, after Concord College, superseding William Brookes, Shrewsbury School and Shrewsbury High School.[9] In 2012, the college ranked well in The Sunday Times Schools Guide; performing well against both state and fee-paying schools, the college placed 17th nationally.[3] In 2013, the college achieved a 98% pass rate, with more than half of the students obtaining A*-B grades.[10]

SSFC performs well against local fee-paying schools, with the average A/AS points per student at 852,[11] versus 873 for Shrewsbury School[12] and 876 for Shrewsbury High School.[13] This is higher than both the Local Authority (738) and national (731) results, and for comparison, nearby Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology achieves a score of 574.[14] In 2009 the college surpassed Shrewsbury School, becoming the third best A-Level institution in Shropshire after Concord College and Shrewsbury High School.[15]

Many students go on to study at Russell Group universities. In 2013 and 2014 respectively, six[16] and seven[17] students were offered places at Oxford or Cambridge.


The college's Wakeman site, acquired in 2013.

The college is located on the banks of the River Severn in the west of the town centre and occupies the main and ancillary buildings of the former Priory Grammar School for Boys (itself built on the site of a mediaeval Augustinian friary). However, since September 2013, at which point the college took on the site of the former Wakeman School, the college's operations have been split across two main sites; this development has necessitated a change in the college's organisation, with science-based courses, performance and music courses now being taught primarily at the Wakeman site, with most other subject teaching remaining at Priory Road. As such, there are around four hundred students based exclusively at each of the two main sites and a further seven hundred who commute between the two to attend classes - the walk from one site to the other, by way of the town centre, takes no longer than around fifteen minutes.

The acquisition of the former Wakeman site has, for the first time in its history, provided the college with its own sports fields.

The whole college site comprises:
The Welsh Bridge (Claremont) Campus: Priory Hall, Priory Lodge, Austin, Graham Berkeley Suite, Severn and Quarry Buildings, Study Centre, Whitehouse Quayside Campus: Cirrus House (upper level), Victoria (upper level), Student Common Room
The English Bridge (Wakeman) Campus: The former Wakeman School site, which has been part of the college since September 2013.[18]


The college has approximately 1,450 students. The college is the sixth form for the following schools: Sundorne, The Grange, The Wakeman, Priory, Meole Brace, Belvidere School, Corbet, Mary Webb and Church Stretton. Students from outside the 'partner schools' (listed above) are also accepted. Students in Shropshire are additionally able to go to other sixth form colleges, which exist in Oswestry, Ludlow and Telford, however, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College has the best results of any state funded institution in ceremonial Shropshire, including the Telford & Wrekin, and is therefore popular with all students in the county. A-Level performance is comparable to the nearby independent fee-paying Shrewsbury School and Shrewsbury High School, resulting in a noticeable presence of previously independent school students at the college.[4] Female students outnumber male students. The percentage of students from a minority ethnic heritage is small, mirroring the profile in the locality.[19] The college has a fair representation system with elected student presidents for each year representing the views and working attitudes of the current students.


  1. ^ "Department for Education page on the college". Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Ofsted page on the college". Retrieved 2007-09-22. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "SSFC ranked in Top 20 of Sixth Form Colleges Across the Country". Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "BBC Education - Shropshire listings". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  5. ^ Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) - 14-19 Learning - 6th form schools - Curriculum planning - Timetabling
  6. ^ Detailed Record
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  9. ^ "Secondary schools and colleges in Shropshire". BBC News. 2011-01-12. 
  10. ^ "Results Success For Students". Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "BBC News, School league tables 2007, Shropshire LA". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  12. ^ "BBC News, School league tables 2007, Shropshire LA". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  13. ^ "BBC News, School league tables 2007, Shropshire LA". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  14. ^ "BBC News, School league tables 2007, Shropshire LA". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  15. ^ "Secondary schools in Shropshire". BBC News. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  16. ^ "Results Success for Students". Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Oxbridge Success for Students". Shrewsbury Sixth Form College. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Wakeman School in Shrewsbury closes for final time". BBC News. 2013-07-19. 
  19. ^ "SSFC Ofsted Report". Ofsted. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 

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