Worcester Sixth Form College

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Worcester Sixth Form College
Worcester Sixth Form College Logo.jpg
Established 1983
Type Sixth Form College
Principal Mr Michael Kitcatt
Location Spetchley Road
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR5 2LU
United Kingdom Coordinates: 52°11′02″N 2°11′05″W / 52.18391°N 2.18465°W / 52.18391; -2.18465
Local authority Worcestershire
DfE number ???/8601
DfE URN 130719 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,569 (daytime classes)[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–19
Former name Worcester Grammar School for Girls
Website WSFC

Worcester Sixth Form College in Worcester, England, in the south-east of the city, was founded on the site of the former Worcester Grammar School for Girls following reorganisation in 1983. [1]

Admissions[edit]

The campus of the college is over 10 acres (4.0 ha) in area and it shares playing fields and sports facilities extending a further 25 acres (10 ha). The college enrolled 1,569 students on daytime courses in 2008/09.[1] As one of only two state schools offering sixth form education in Worcester, the school is specialised in mainstream education for students ages 16 - 19 most of whom were aged 16 to 18. The majority of students are full-time and follow National Curriculum GCE AS and A-level courses.[1] A January 2009 Ofsted inspection accorded the school a Grade 2 (Good).[1]

It is situated in Red Hill, next-door to Worcestershire County Hall and south of Worcester Woods Country Park. It is just over a mile north of junction 7 of the M5, accessed via the A44 and A4440. New College Worcester, a school for the blind, is nearby to the south. Worcester's running track at the Nunnery Wood Sports Complex is behind the college and Nunnery Wood High School. DEFRA have a large site south of the college.

History[edit]

Grammar school[edit]

As the City of Worcester Grammar School for Girls, it was situated on Sansome Walk in the centre of Worcester. This has now became flats. It started in 1908 as the Worcester Secondary School for Girls, which moved into new buildings on 2 November 1910, and moved again in 1929 to a site in Barbourne. It became the City of Worcester Grammar School for Girls in September 1945. In September 1962 it moved to the Spetchley Road site.[2]

Royal Grammar School Worcester was the analogous boys' school, and was partly maintained by Hereford and Worcester until 1983 when it became completely independent. Due to the boys' school becoming independent, the LEA proposed changes to its education policy (under a Conservative government) during 1982 to create a 'super' co-educational grammar school on the girls' school site to educate 125 boys and girls (potentially) from the whole of Hereford and Worcester. Sir Keith Joseph had doubts about the scheme. The grammar school closed in 1983.

Sixth form college[edit]

The sixth form college opened in September 1983 - instead of a 'super' 11-18 co-educational grammar school and six 11-16 comprehensives in Worcester, the sixth form college model was chosen with six comprehensives. In 1998, the LEA changed from Hereford & Worcester to Worcestershire.

Former teachers[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Worcester Grammar School for Girls[edit]

Ruth Dircks (née Hawkins)Head Girl 1947-48 D.Ed(honoris causa) University of Newcastle(Australia)OAM (Order of Australia Medal) Inaugural winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

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