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Long Road Sixth Form College
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Address
Long Road
Cambridgeshiream, Cambridgeshire, CB2 8PX
England
Information
School type State sixth form college
Religious affiliation(s) Non-denominational
Established 1974
Status Open
LEA Cambridgeshire LA
Ofsted number 130616
Chairperson Chris Hesketh
Principal Sandra Hamilton-Fox
Teaching staff 150
Gender Mixed
Age 16 to 19
Enrollment 2000 (2008)
Language English
Campus size 23-acre (93,000 m2)
Colour(s)               
Sports Badminton, basketball, football, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, squash, tennis, volleyball
Rival Hills Road Sixth Form College
Feeder schools Bassingbourn Village College, Bottisham Village College, Chesterton Community College, City of Ely Community College, Coleridge Community College, Comberton Village College, Cottenham Village College, Impington Village College, Linton Village College, Manor Community College, Melbourn Village College, Netherhall School, Parkside Community College, Sawston Village College, Soham Village College, St Bedes Inter-Church School, Swavesey Village College, Witchford Village College
Website

Long Road Sixth Form College (LRSFC) is a state funded co-educational sixth form college in Cambridge, England. It is situated on Long Road, from which it draws its name, and is also located next to the Bio-Medical Campus which encompasses Addenbrooke's Hospital. The college provides full-time AS and A-level courses in addition to GCSE retake courses and many vocational courses.

History

The college was established in 1974 and occupies a 23-acre (93,000 m2) site. Prior to this it was the Cambridgeshire High School for Girls, a girls grammar school. A significant portion of the college's current buildings date from this period, although there has been extensive renovation and the construction of three entirely new blocks, as well as a new sports centre that opened in 2005 (the college's first new sports building since 1939). Other recent renovation projects included the expansion of the Learning Resource Centre and the creation of two new classrooms.

The college today

Looking across towards the college's main buildings (Blocks A,B & C) from the top floor of D Block.

The college has approximately 2,000 full-time students enrolled, the majority of whom are between the ages of 16 and 19. Most of these students study on A- and AS-Level courses, although an increasing number are taking National Diploma courses or Vocational A-Levels, and many also study on one-year GCSE courses (typically 7%). Those who make applications but do not achieve the 5 A*-C grades required to study A levels at the college are given the option of retaking and re-applying next year. Around 75% of students go onto Higher Education from Long Road each year and students tend to apply for a broad range of different universities, from Redbricks to former Polytechnics, with a small proportion going on to Oxbridge. A significant proportion of students each year also go into full-time work, often in management traineeships, or take a gap year before further study or work. The college had been rated 3rd best sixth form in all of Cambridgeshire in 2009.

Layout

The college is spread out around several buildings, divided into 'subject blocks'. The main building consists of the college library, several open access computer rooms, a canteen, and a coffee bar on the ground floor. B and C blocks, which contain the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computing departments are located on the first floor.

Subjects

A wide range of A level subjects and National Diplomas are offered, in addition to GCSE subjects for students wishing to retake.

Sports

The college is fairly well funded in terms of sport and has an indoor sports centre (which includes a modern gymnasium), a football pitch, a rugby pitch, two outdoor basketball courts and two tennis courts.

Notable Teachers

Drum and Bass producer Dan Gresham (Nu:Tone) was a previous teacher of Music Technology.

Notable alumni

Coordinates: 52°10′41″N 0°07′58″E / 52.178135°N 0.132784°E / 52.178135; 0.132784