Coulsdon Sixth Form College

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Coulsdon College
Type Sixth Form College
Headteacher Steve Gooch and Richard Beales
Location Placehouse Lane
Old Coulsdon
Local authority Surrey
Students around 800
Gender Male/Female
Ages 16–19

Coulsdon College is a Sixth Form College for 16- to 19-year-olds based in Old Coulsdon, London and is built on the site of Purley High School for Boys. Coulsdon College has been part of the Reigate College Federation since March 2013. Reigate College has been graded by Ofsted as outstanding since 2005.It is

Steve Gooch and Richard Beales were made Heads of College in 2017.[1]


The College offers predominantly GCE AS/A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses, with provision for students to enrol on an Intermediate Programme (pre- A Level) and GCSE re-sit courses in English and Maths.

Students at Coulsdon College have the option to ‘mix and match’ A Levels with BTEC Level 3 courses, which allows them to customise their study programmes to best match their interests and abilities. The range of courses covers: Visual and Performing Arts; Business, Travel and Sport; Science, IT and Mathematics; Humanities; Languages and Media.


The College is housed in a three-storey university style building. It has learning facilities such as an Independent Learning Centre (ILC) with 80 computers, books, daily newspapers, magazines and specialist periodicals.

Coulsdon College also offers students other facilities such as a Refectory, a theatre, sport hall, gym, netball and tennis courts.[2]

Information Technology[edit]

Coulsdon College has developed a virtual learning environment called Moodle, which can be accessed from the College network and also from a home computer. Students have access on Moodle to online course material, independent learning activities and a large variety of media.

Students and staff have their own user area on the network with email, internet and Moodle access, with free Wi-Fi accessible across campus. The College has over 1,000 machines, equipped with industry-standard software and specialist educational programmes. Macs are available for all Media and Technology students who need to use them for their courses.

Tutorial programme[edit]

The College has set up a tutorial programme inspired by the university system. Every student has a personal tutor who both teaches them and is responsible for providing help and support.

Pastoral Directors and Senior Tutors are responsible for the organisation of the pastoral side of College life, together with the student’s personal tutor. They offer advice and guidance regarding performance and future ambitions. They are also the point of contact between the College and parents, with the aim that both parties feel free to contact each other about any problems affecting a student’s work.


Students from the College can take part in the College Activities Programme and get involved in extra-curricular clubs and activities. These change each term but usually include a mix of skill-based activities, recreational sports and career orientated clubs. The Activities Week in June enables Lower Sixth students to play a role in an action-packed week of activities, including external trips and a variety of College-based experiences, such as visits to theatres, places of historic interest, but also personal fitness sessions, creative workshops and activities to help with career planning.


In addition to the floodlit Astro Turf football/hockey pitch, tennis courts and extensive playing fields on site, the College has a Sports Centre comprising a sports hall and fitness suite. There are two Football Academies, run in partnership with Redhill FC and Fulham FC. Both offer students the chance to benefit from six hours of football coaching in addition to their main course at College.[3]

Performing Arts[edit]

The College has three studios, two dedicated to Music, and a theatre. There are annual shows which showcase a variety of musical and theatrical productions throughout the year enable students to express their performance skills.[4]


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