Bilborough College

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Biborough College
Type Sixth form college
Established 1975
Principal Chris Bradford
Location Nottingham, Notts, England

Bilborough College is a particularly successful sixth form college in College Way, Bilborough, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

The college has students from across the conurbation. A third of its students come from Nottingham, another third from the surrounding Nottinghamshire and a third from South East Derbyshire and Derby city. The vast majority of students stay on for two years, even those who struggle at AS are given a chance to improve in year 13.


Opened in 1957 as Bilborough Grammar School, the school became a sixth form college in 1975 when Nottingham's education system became comprehensive. The college has grown from 635 students to 1600 full-time students enrolled to be attending the college in September 2016. The college has a 65% of female students and 35% male. The new accommodations opened officially on 21 July 2006. The new building is divided into 3 blocks (A, B and C) and 4 floors (0-3). The new building has a photographic lab, lecture theatre, theatre, shop, refectory, large art rooms, library and "sound proof" music rooms. The development, designed by CPMG Architects, has already won a design award from the local civic society, and has more recently received the Lord Mayor of Nottingham's Award for Urban Design.


The curriculum is based entirely on Curriculum 2000, on Advanced Subsidiary-level (AS-level) and General Certificate of Education Advanced-Level (GCE A-level) provision. The college offers students the opportunity to study a variety of subjects:

Visual and Performing Arts Social Science Language and Communication Professional Studies Science and PE Mathematics and Computing
Art Government and Politics Modern Languages Accounting Biology Computing
Drama History English Language Business Studies Chemistry Information and Communication Technology
Dance English Literature Economics Physics Mathematics
Film Studies Psychology General Studies Electronics Further Mathematics
Media Studies Religious Studies Geography Physical Education Mathematical Studies Level 3
Music Sociology Law
Music Technology Critical Thinking
Performance Studies Extended Project Qualification(EPQ)

International Baccalaureate[edit]

Bilborough college has been teaching the International Baccalaureate since 2009, and recently celebrated some of the best national results in the IB, including three 40+ scores. The IB is no longer being offered to new students from 2016.

OFSTED Report[edit]

Bilborough College were inspected again (September 2016) the report is due for publication in late October. The learner survey results are already viewable online and are very positive. Verbal feedback from Ofsted left staff very pleased whilst everyone awaits the report.

The previous Ofsted report (January 2015) gave the college 'Good' in Science.

The college also earned an Ofsted Particularly Successful College awards. This award recognised the excellent results for the college in 2004 and in 2005.



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Coordinates: 52°58′01″N 1°14′05″W / 52.96694°N 1.23472°W / 52.96694; -1.23472