Newham Sixth Form College
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With more than 2,500 full-time students, NewVIc is one of London’s largest sixth form colleges. It offers a wide range of subjects and courses from specialist A-level pathways to advanced, intermediate and foundation level vocational courses. NewVIc also offers opportunities for social development, providing a range of enrichment activities, as well as playing sports recreationally leading to competing at elite level through the Sports Academy.
A school was first opened on the site as the municipal Plaistow Secondary School in 1926. In 1945 this became Plaistow Grammar School (later known as Plaistow County Grammar School) which in 1972 merged with Faraday Secondary Modern School to become Cumberland Comprehensive School. 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 and more than 2,500 in 2009/10. The college was led from 1991 to 2008 by Sid Hughes, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Teaching Awards of 2005 and was awarded an honorary degree by University of East London upon his retiring from NewVIc. The current principal is Eddie Playfair, who has been in place since 2008.
NewVIc sends more disadvantaged students to university than any other sixth-form provider in England. 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.
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. 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%. In 2016, 79% of subsidiary diploma candidates achieved a dinstinction start (D*) or Distinction (D) which is equivalent to A/A* at A Level.
NewVIc’s Sports Academy is one of four London colleges that have been accredited with Sports Leadership status by national charity, Sports Leaders UK. 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. this has resulted in significant success for a number of sports including cricket.
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