Newham Sixth Form College

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Newham Sixth Form College
NewVic logo.jpg
Established 1992
Type Sixth form college
Principal Eddie Playfair
Location Prince Regent Lane
Greater London
E13 8SG
Coordinates: 51°31′20″N 0°01′49″E / 51.5223°N 0.0304°E / 51.5223; 0.0304
Local authority Newham
DfE URN 130452 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 16+
Website NewVIc

Newham Sixth Form College, also known as NewVIc, is located in Plaistow in Newham. The college was established in 1992.[1][2]

With more than 2,500 full-time students, NewVIc is one of London’s largest sixth form colleges.[3] It offers a wide range of subjects and courses from specialist A-level pathways to advanced, intermediate and foundation level vocational courses.[1][2] NewVIc also offers opportunities for social development, providing a range of enrichment activities,[4] as well as playing sports recreationally leading to competing at elite level through the Sports Academy.[5]


A school was first opened on the site as the municipal Plaistow Secondary School in 1926.[6][7] In 1945 this became Plaistow Grammar School (later known as Plaistow County Grammar School)[8] which in 1972 merged with Faraday Secondary Modern School to become Cumberland Comprehensive School.[9] On conversion to a sixth form college student numbers grew at a dramatic rate, increasing from 750 in the first year to over 2,000 in the 2002/3 academic year[10] and more than 2,500 in 2009/10.[11] The college was led from 1991 to 2008 by Sid Hughes, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Teaching Awards of 2005[12] and was awarded an honorary degree by University of East London upon his retiring from NewVIc.[13] The current principal is Eddie Playfair, who has been in place since 2008.[14]


The college offers a range of A-levels, an Honours programme, specialist pathways, level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.[2][15] [16]


NewVIc sends more disadvantaged students to university than any other sixth-form provider in England.[17] The college is also ranked by the Sutton Trust as being in the top 5% of high performing sixth forms in England, in progressing students from disadvantaged backgrounds to university.[18]

A new Learning Resource Centre has been commissioned and the college have invested £6m in the new build on Prince Regent Lane, which also includes a new reception, theatre and cafe.

NewVIc place emphasis on developing students as citizens, and over 435 students were involved in leadership or volunteering in 2016/17.


In 2014, over 700 NewVIc students progressed to university.[17] In 2016 86 students gained places at Russell Group universities. In addition, the college’s pass rate for A-levels and level 3 BTEC subsidiary diplomas was 96%.[19] In 2016, 79% of subsidiary diploma candidates achieved a dinstinction start (D*) or Distinction (D) which is equivalent to A/A* at A Level.[20]


NewVIc’s Sports Academy is one of four London colleges that have been accredited with Sports Leadership status by national charity, Sports Leaders UK.[21] The college has also been successfully awarded £70,000 by Sport England FE Activation Fund for increasing capacity over three years, including a specific focus on disability provision and leadership.[22] this has resulted in significant success for a number of sports including cricket.


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  2. ^ a b c Jeffery. G. (2005). The Creative College: building a successful learning culture in the arts. Trentham Books. 
  3. ^ "School and Local statistice". Department for Education. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
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  6. ^ "British History Online; West Ham – Education, A history of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (pp. 144-157) – Secondary and senior schools founded before 1945". University of London & History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "West Ham's Timeline". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Priestley, Harold. Plaistow Sec: The Story of a School. pp. 92–93. 
  9. ^ "Leading education and social research". Institute of Education, University of London. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Performance tables 2003". Department for Education. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Performance Tables 2010". Department for Education. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Teaching Awards 2005 winner - London". Teaching Awards Trust. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Alumni Enewsletter Jan '09 - 2008 Graduation Ceremonies". University of East London. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Speakers 2012". Wellington College. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Association of Colleges (2015). Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc). [online] Available at: [Accessed 4 December. 2014].
  16. ^ "Newham Sixth Form College". Department for Education. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  17. ^ a b The Guardian, (2014). A-level successes in Newham | @guardianletters. [online] Available at: [Accessed 24 Nov. 2014].
  18. ^ Nea, B. (2012). Response to the Mayor's Education Inquiry. [online] London: Race on the Agenda (ROTA). Available at: [Accessed 24 Nov. 2014].
  19. ^, (2014). A level results day 2014. [online] Available at: [Accessed 15 Aug. 2014].
  20. ^ "Calculating your overall BTEC grade | Pearson qualifications". Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  21. ^ Atwal, K. (2014). Newham sixth form college commended for developing leadership skills. [online] Newham Recorder. Available at: [Accessed 4 Dec. 2014].
  22. ^ Atwal, K. (2014). Former Forest Gate student inspired by meeting the Duchess of Cambridge. [online] Newham Recorder. Available at: [Accessed 4 Nov. 2014].

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