Lowestoft Sixth Form College
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|Type||Sixth Form College|
|Membership||SFCA (Sixth Form Colleges Association)|
|-||AOC (Association of Colleges)|
|-||ACER (Association of Colleges Eastern Region)|
|Mission Statement||to enable our students to excel and progress beyond expectation in an outstanding learning environment in the heart of Lowestoft|
Lowestoft Sixth Form College is an innovative purpose built college and the only sixth-form college in Suffolk. The college is a member of the SFCA (Sixth Form Colleges Association), AOC (Association of Colleges) and ACER (Association of Colleges Eastern Region). It opened in September 2011 and replaced the then Lowestoft Sixth Form Consortium, a shared sixth form provision which ran at the town's three high schools. Sixth form colleges (92 institutions across the country) specialise in teaching full-time students aged 16–19. They are the most successful type of sixth form, with excellent results at AS/A-level, and equivalent BTEC Diplomas, and a large percentage of students going on to university. Students come to Lowestoft Sixth Form College mainly from high schools in the local area of North Suffolk and South Norfolk.
Lowestoft Sixth Form College replaced the shared post 16 academic provision in the three high schools in the town, known as the Lowestoft Sixth Form Consortium. The School Organisation Review SOR decided that post 16 academic provisions in Lowestoft would be best served by a single institution, rather than through the three high-school based sixth forms at Benjamin Britten High School, Ormiston Denes Academy ( formerly The Denes High School and East Point Academy (formerly Kirkley Community High School). Suffolk County Council acting in partnership with local stakeholders, submitted a bid to LSC Suffolk in July 2008 in response to the 16-19 Competition launched earlier that year. In December 2008, the partnership bid was declared the winner and planning begun in earnest to establish the new College. Capital Funding for the College was approved at Ministerial level in December 2009 and building work was soon underway. Lowestoft Sixth Form College is the newest sixth form college in the country. The Principal Yolanda Botham, welcomed the first cohort of students to the £25million award winning building in September 2011. The College was officially opened on 17 October 2012, by Lord Tollemache (Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk). Hundreds of students and staff joined civic dignitaries and guests gathered in the college’s spacious atrium for the official ceremony.
The college was established to educate students between the ages of 16 and 19. Students study for AS & A-Levels and other qualifications such as BTEC and GCSE. Entry requirements depend on the programme of study chosen. The college’s mission statement is: “to enable our students to excel and progress beyond expectation in an outstanding learning environment in the heart of Lowestoft”.
Lowestoft Sixth Form College is an award-winning, state-of-the-art building. Designed by Atkins, one of the world’s largest architectural firms with design studios across the globe and constructed by Morgan Sindall, it consists of 8060m2 of learning space for up to 1000 students aged 16–19. Provision for disabled access has been considered with care and integrated in to the building design to ensure convenient and comfortable access to all areas. Accommodation is set over four floors. A large atrium space with suspended break-out pods provides a central meeting area with access to all floors. The atrium has full WIFI coverage and supports College Drama and Music productions. The pods offer alternative venues for students to learn individually or collaboratively. Careful attention during design and construction has been paid to sustainability and to technically driven solutions to reduce energy consumption. The result is that the building has 67% less energy consumption and 62% less carbon emissions annually compared to some recently built colleges. In 2012 it was announced as a winner of a Royal Institute of British Architects’ Craftsmanship award.
Lowestoft Sixth Form College has been purpose built and boasts excellent facilities, with its science laboratories, art rooms, music and multi-media suites and performance spaces all having been specially designed to support learning. In addition over £1.3 million has been invested in the IT infrastructure and equipment. The facilities include:
- State-of-the-art Science laboratories
- Music Recording Studio, soundproofed rehearsal rooms and Music Technology editing suite
- Contemporary Theatre and specialist Dance and Drama studios
- Specialist Art/Design and Photography studios and a photo-editing suite
- Teaching classrooms all equipped with the latest technology, resources and IT facilities
- A high speed network running the latest software 24 hour access to online learning materials
- BYOD ( Bring Your Own Device)
- Café with Wi-Fi Access
- Wi-Fi Learning zones throughout the College
- Lockers and changing facilities
- Two all-weather floodlit pitches – one at nearby Barnards Centre Point the other on the college site. The Barnards Centre Point venue provides state-of-the-art teaching and changing facilities alongside a superb 3G football pitch
- Partnership with Waterlane Leisure Centre, giving free access to students to all the Centre's facilities: A 25 metre heated swimming pool, six badminton courts, sports hall, gym and more.
Over £1.3 million has been invested in the infrastructure, high speed internet and wireless networking with 24 hour access. Access to laptops and notebooks is available in the Learning Resource Centre, the Pods, the three Mac suites and in the open access IT Centre. Students are provided with a college email, remote access, a web based forum/file host called "Moodle" and internal server systems. Moodle is used as a place in which students can log in and access many resources in their subjects, find homework, revision aids and past exam papers. The college has also adopted a BYOD scheme ( Bring Your Own Device) so that both students and staff can bring their own devices ( laptops, tablets and smart phones ) to college and use to access the internet as well as a Virtual Desktop which gives instant access to their own documents, applications and college printers.
The College offers nearly 50 courses  and qualification combinations - including a large range of A-Levels; vocational BTECs and GCSEs.
Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities including running their own clubs/societies. Whilst not a qualification in itself, it gives them the opportunity to explore their interests in areas such as Performing Arts, Sport, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Volunteering in the local community or becoming a student representative as an active member of the Student Voice.
Each year, students elect a president, vice president, and various officers to organise fundraising and other student-led events. The president and vice president are members of the governing body of the College Corporation.
Sam Fenn attended Lowestoft Sixth Form College.
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