Stockton and Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College
Stockton Sixth Form College has built an exceptional reputation for academic achievement over many years and, as the only specialist sixth form college in Stockton on Tees, has over 40 years’ experience delivering A-level, BTEC and GCSE qualifications to students aged 16-19 from across the region.
In 2016, we became the first sixth form college in 18 years to merge, when we formalised our working partnership with Prior Pursglove College. The merger helped safeguard sixth form college education in each respective borough and now enables us to move forward in a strong position to fulfil our vision of offering high quality education across a wide range of courses in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Ofsted judged Stockton Sixth Form to be a ‘Good’ college across all areas in its latest report, noting “high success rates across all levels of study” and “very effective support for students”. Inspectors commented on “lively and dynamic” learning facilitated by staff who “motivate students strongly to complete high quality work to fulfil their potential”. You can read the full report here.
Our results are consistently excellent. We have the highest Level 3 student achievement rate in the Tees Valley and, in 2015, the college achieved a 100% A-level pass rate in 27 subjects. College BTEC results are outstanding. We are the best sixth form college in the country for progress made on vocational courses. Every Level 3 qualification we offer on site is rated ‘Excellent or Outstanding’ by the Advanced Level Performance System (ALPS, 2015). In 2014, we were ranked in the top 100 schools and colleges in the country for advanced vocational courses; making us the best college in the Tees Valley for Applied and BTEC qualifications. In 2015, a staggering 88% of college BTEC entries achieved a high grade (A*, A or B), with 100% high grades secured in ICT and Sport.
The college has a vibrant, diverse and friendly environment with around 700 students. We are committed to providing inspirational teaching led by staff who are specialists in their field. The small and inclusive nature of the college enables us to keep class sizes to a minimum – an average of 15 students per lesson – ensuring each student is given the individual support needed to excel.
It is our focus on developing students into all-round individuals that enables students to secure their next step successfully. Ofsted recognised that the college “prepares students well for progression to their next steps” and that “all completing students had a positive destination to either further or higher education or employment”. Progression on to higher education from Stockton Sixth Form College bucks the national trend and we also offer a prestigious scholarship opportunity for students who achieve a place to study at Oxbridge.
To ensure students across the borough can attend college easily, we provide free return buseseach day from Wynyard, Billingham, Norton, Eaglescliffe, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick, Thornaby and Acklam.