King George V College

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King George V Sixth Form College
KGV Sixth Form College.jpg
Scarisbrick New Road

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Coordinates53°38′13″N 2°58′44″W / 53.636954°N 2.978754°W / 53.636954; -2.978754Coordinates: 53°38′13″N 2°58′44″W / 53.636954°N 2.978754°W / 53.636954; -2.978754
TypeFurther education college
Established1926 as a school,[1] 1978 as a college[2]
Local authoritySefton
Department for Education URN130492 Tables
PrincipalMichelle Brabner
Age16 to 19
Enrolmentc. 1200 full time, c. 600 part time[2]
PublicationThe Voice

King George V Sixth Form College (KGV) is a sixth form college in Southport, Merseyside, England. It provides A-level and BTEC education, and between 2009 and 2012 offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma. It was previously a grammar school for boys. The college has the distinction of being placed consistently in the top 10 sixth form and further education colleges in the country for A-level results, and has won a number of Good Schools Guide awards.[3]


The college opened in September 1920 as Southport Municipal Secondary School for Boys. New buildings were constructed at the current site on Scarisbrick New Road in 1926, in preparation for a reopening by the Earl of Derby on 16 October of that year, when the institution was rechristened King George V Grammar School. In September 1979 the college assumed its current name; in 1982 its school section ceased to exist.

In October 2014, Ofsted placed KGV — previously a grade 1 'outstanding' college — in the 'inadequate' or grade 4 boundary for education providers. The report cited a lack of effective leadership and severe staff cuts as reasons for its poor findings. In June of the following year, Ofsted upgraded the college's 'inadequate' grade after a second report announced significant improvement. Since 2014 several of the site's buildings have been refurbished, including the sports hall and the humanities building. During this renovation the two-room Classics building, then the longest-standing building on the campus, was demolished.

Academic structure[edit]

A two-story modern building of red brick and white-painted metal with glass windows and a curved white roof, with "King George V College" visible on one side.
The main college building in 2013.

The college no longer uses the house system established when it also served as a secondary school. It previously opted for five subject specific faculties, namely:

  • AE - Arts and English Subjects.
  • BI - Business and Information Subjects.
  • HL - Humanities and Languages Subjects.
  • MS - Maths and Science Subjects.
  • SO - Social Science Subjects, including sociology, psychology and the PASE scheme.

Students' union[edit]

The college hosts an independent students' union which is a member of the National Union of Students. The student union is run by the Student Council, which meets at least once a month. Student Council members are typically second-year students elected by members of their tutor groups. The council's two co-chairpersons are elected in a college-wide student election, and are members of KGV's governing body as required by the Education Act 1994.

Notable alumni[edit]

King George V College[edit]

King George V Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ "King George V School & College History". History of KGV. Old Georgian's Association. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  2. ^ a b Newton, Peter (February 2003). "King George V College" (PDF). Ofsted inspection report. Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. p. 3. Retrieved 12 June 2007.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "The Good Schools Guide A Level Awards 2005 for teaching excellence". The Good Schools Guide. 2005. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  4. ^ "PICKARD, Prof. John Douglas". Who's Who. Retrieved 11 January 2015.

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