Connell Sixth Form College

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Connell Sixth Form College
Alan Turing Way

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M11 3BS

Coordinates53°17′03″N 2°06′47″W / 53.2842°N 2.1131°W / 53.2842; -2.1131Coordinates: 53°17′03″N 2°06′47″W / 53.2842°N 2.1131°W / 53.2842; -2.1131
TypeFree school sixth form
Established2013 (Tuition began)
2014 (Facilities opened)
FounderManchester City F.C.
Local authorityManchester
Department for Education URN139730 Tables
PrincipalJane Hopcroft
Age16 to 19
420–600 (2014 onwards)

Connell Sixth Form College is a newly created Free school sixth form centre at the heart of the Beswick Hub development, Manchester. Run by the The Co-op Academies Trust and formerly the Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) the college is located on the Etihad Campus training ground built by Manchester City Football Club as part of their redevelopment plans. The college is named after the Connell family, who were active in their local community in the 1880s and who created the church youth team which eventually morphed into the Premier League side.[1] The college will also serve the secondary purpose of educating members of their youth team, who will be allocated some places to complete their secondary education.[1]

In addition to teaching the customary range of A-Level courses, the college also offers BTECs in Business, Science and Sport Science. The Sport Science students in particular will have access to the football club's training facilities for part of their teaching, while all the students will be able to use certain leisure facilities in the Etihad Campus alongside the football players themselves.[2]


The sixth form college was one of three new free schools to be approved by Education Minister Michael Gove in July 2012,[3] when the name of the educational facility was revealed to be Connell Sixth Form College, a tribute to the Connell family of Gorton, who founded Manchester City F.C. (in its first incarnation as a church youth team) in the latter part of the 19th century.[1] The announcement also unveiled the link between the new college and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, who proposed the initiative and had been asked to handle the management and recruitment of staff. Later the same year, Manchester City Football Club announced that the area around the college was to be part of a larger redevelopment, with commercial space as well as community leisure facilities.[4]

The college took on its first classes in 2013 using a dedicated area in The East Manchester Academy, and its facilities opened in September 2014.

In July 2018, the college planned to leave Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) after a government intervention in 2017. Education bosses have been looking for a suitable trust to take over the college. The Co-op Academies Trust has been chosen to run the college. The Co-op Academies Trust bosses say there are no plans to make any roles redundant at the college as a result of the re-brokerage [5]


  1. ^ a b c "Connell Sixth Form College". Altrincham Girls' Grammar School. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Sports". Connell Sixth Form College. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Gove names next round of free schools". Place North West. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: First images of how Manchester City's Etihad Campus could look". Manchester Evening News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Connell Sixth Form College to be taken over by the Co-op Academies Trust". Manchester Evening News. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.

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