Site for new Sixth Form College is announced

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THE wait is over as Salisbury Sixth Form College announced the site for its new college this morning.

Everyone has been wondering where the new college will be over the last six months and the trustees announced today that a new building will be built on Tollgate Road in a derelict car park next to Wiltshire College Salisbury.

The new building will not be ready until 2015 so in the meantime students and staff will have an interim home at Wiltshire College.

The announcement came after negotiations with the Education Funding Agency, which secures sites for new schools.

Neil Owen, chairman of governors for the new college, said: “It’s hard to find an appropriate site within the city and we are delighted that the EFA has been able to come up with this ideal site for us.

“To be able to create our own purpose-built college is a dream come true for S6C.”

Work is due to begin shortly to refurbish the interim accommodation, ready for students aged 16 to 19 to start in September. They will have their own entrance and reception, common rooms and study areas in the Wiltshire College building, as well as specialist facilities for all subjects.

The college has also partnered with CSE Education Systems to provide the best IT facilities available.

An open day will be held in March to allow prospective students the chance to view the interim accommodation, hear more about courses on offer and help shape the plans for the new building.

Students who have not applied yet can still do so but should get applications in before the end of this term.

Principal Simon Firth said: “We are now in a position to start the design process for the new building and it will be marvellous to give the students who have already applied for September the chance to contribute their ideas. In the meantime, we will start in our own excellent facilities in Wiltshire College’s Salisbury campus and we are looking forward to that.”

For more information go to s6c.org.uk or email principal@s6c.org.uk.

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12:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

This is good news although rather ironic. We are enticing back all the students who attend college outside of Wiltshire, back to Wiltshire College. Where budget cuts, under funding and staffing cuts over the last 4 years meant they went outside Wiltshire to further their education.
This is good news although rather ironic. We are enticing back all the students who attend college outside of Wiltshire, back to Wiltshire College. Where budget cuts, under funding and staffing cuts over the last 4 years meant they went outside Wiltshire to further their education. karlmarx
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1:24pm Fri 21 Feb 14

S Pance says...

Wasn't it Salisbury College who screwed a load of students over last year, by closing their 6th form DAYS before students were due to start their A level courses? Many had their hopes of going to Uni scuppered, or delayed by this decision to close.

Now they are opening a 6th form College and saying "Come to us"!

Should these people really be trusted with the education of the next generation?

I'd say to anyone looking for a 6th form place go somewhere else! It may be further to travel but at least you'll have a course to go to!
Wasn't it Salisbury College who screwed a load of students over last year, by closing their 6th form DAYS before students were due to start their A level courses? Many had their hopes of going to Uni scuppered, or delayed by this decision to close. Now they are opening a 6th form College and saying "Come to us"! Should these people really be trusted with the education of the next generation? I'd say to anyone looking for a 6th form place go somewhere else! It may be further to travel but at least you'll have a course to go to! S Pance
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5:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Al SP1 says...

Hi all, I am part of the team setting up the college and unfortunately the grammar used in this article is misleading. The new S6C is not next to the Wiltshire College - it is located along Tollgate Road opposite City Plumbing and behind the Wiltshire College Campus (currently there are some disused buildings and a car park there).
Although we are using part of the College for the interim period (and appreciate their support in this manner), we are renting these premises and are in no other way connected with the Wiltshire College provision. All of the educational facilities including staff and resources will be entirely independent.
We saw this as the best approach to ensuring Students were accommodated in the best available interim buildings whilst our bespoke premises are designed and built especially for our own Students.
Hi all, I am part of the team setting up the college and unfortunately the grammar used in this article is misleading. The new S6C is not next to the Wiltshire College - it is located along Tollgate Road opposite City Plumbing and behind the Wiltshire College Campus (currently there are some disused buildings and a car park there). Although we are using part of the College for the interim period (and appreciate their support in this manner), we are renting these premises and are in no other way connected with the Wiltshire College provision. All of the educational facilities including staff and resources will be entirely independent. We saw this as the best approach to ensuring Students were accommodated in the best available interim buildings whilst our bespoke premises are designed and built especially for our own Students. Al SP1
  • Score: 3

9:57am Sat 22 Feb 14

BusterSP2 says...

Al SP1 wrote:
Hi all, I am part of the team setting up the college and unfortunately the grammar used in this article is misleading. The new S6C is not next to the Wiltshire College - it is located along Tollgate Road opposite City Plumbing and behind the Wiltshire College Campus (currently there are some disused buildings and a car park there).
Although we are using part of the College for the interim period (and appreciate their support in this manner), we are renting these premises and are in no other way connected with the Wiltshire College provision. All of the educational facilities including staff and resources will be entirely independent.
We saw this as the best approach to ensuring Students were accommodated in the best available interim buildings whilst our bespoke premises are designed and built especially for our own Students.
Good on you. Interim facilities near your new build so students won't need to alter travel arrangements in 2015. Out of town location so minimal traffic impact within city centre. Scaremongering myth of blighted link to Wilts College dispelled. Sure it won't discourage people with far too much time on their hands from thinking of more criticism of your plan, but well done.
[quote][p][bold]Al SP1[/bold] wrote: Hi all, I am part of the team setting up the college and unfortunately the grammar used in this article is misleading. The new S6C is not next to the Wiltshire College - it is located along Tollgate Road opposite City Plumbing and behind the Wiltshire College Campus (currently there are some disused buildings and a car park there). Although we are using part of the College for the interim period (and appreciate their support in this manner), we are renting these premises and are in no other way connected with the Wiltshire College provision. All of the educational facilities including staff and resources will be entirely independent. We saw this as the best approach to ensuring Students were accommodated in the best available interim buildings whilst our bespoke premises are designed and built especially for our own Students.[/p][/quote]Good on you. Interim facilities near your new build so students won't need to alter travel arrangements in 2015. Out of town location so minimal traffic impact within city centre. Scaremongering myth of blighted link to Wilts College dispelled. Sure it won't discourage people with far too much time on their hands from thinking of more criticism of your plan, but well done. BusterSP2
  • Score: 3

1:08pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Al SP1 says...

Thanks Buster. Hopefully now we have been able to announce our senior leadership, accommodation locations and IT infrastructure providers, all of Salisbury and the surroundings areas will be able to see that S6C, along with other providers (such as the Grammar Schools, Sarum Academy and the forthcoming UTC) will be able to provide a broad range of high-quality post 16 education in Salisbury that we can, as a City be proud of.
Thanks Buster. Hopefully now we have been able to announce our senior leadership, accommodation locations and IT infrastructure providers, all of Salisbury and the surroundings areas will be able to see that S6C, along with other providers (such as the Grammar Schools, Sarum Academy and the forthcoming UTC) will be able to provide a broad range of high-quality post 16 education in Salisbury that we can, as a City be proud of. Al SP1
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11:37pm Sat 22 Feb 14

IanMcL says...

Hard work has reaped rewards.

Best wishes for a 6th form college which will put Salisbury further education on the map.
Hard work has reaped rewards. Best wishes for a 6th form college which will put Salisbury further education on the map. IanMcL
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12:01pm Sun 23 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

Al SP1 wrote:
Hi all, I am part of the team setting up the college and unfortunately the grammar used in this article is misleading. The new S6C is not next to the Wiltshire College - it is located along Tollgate Road opposite City Plumbing and behind the Wiltshire College Campus (currently there are some disused buildings and a car park there).
Although we are using part of the College for the interim period (and appreciate their support in this manner), we are renting these premises and are in no other way connected with the Wiltshire College provision. All of the educational facilities including staff and resources will be entirely independent.
We saw this as the best approach to ensuring Students were accommodated in the best available interim buildings whilst our bespoke premises are designed and built especially for our own Students.
Rather ironic again as this is the exact location I suggested over 14 months ago as being a candidate for the UTC. This suggestion was derided on the following points...
a) The site doesn't exist. It does exist and selecting it as the location for the new sixth form college proves its existence.
b) Not enough parking. No, there is an empty car park on the opposite side of the Southampton road plus the under used Culver street multi-story car park.
Good choice for the location though, this area can develop as a centre for higher education and maybe one day Salisbury City might even end up with a university.
[quote][p][bold]Al SP1[/bold] wrote: Hi all, I am part of the team setting up the college and unfortunately the grammar used in this article is misleading. The new S6C is not next to the Wiltshire College - it is located along Tollgate Road opposite City Plumbing and behind the Wiltshire College Campus (currently there are some disused buildings and a car park there). Although we are using part of the College for the interim period (and appreciate their support in this manner), we are renting these premises and are in no other way connected with the Wiltshire College provision. All of the educational facilities including staff and resources will be entirely independent. We saw this as the best approach to ensuring Students were accommodated in the best available interim buildings whilst our bespoke premises are designed and built especially for our own Students.[/p][/quote]Rather ironic again as this is the exact location I suggested over 14 months ago as being a candidate for the UTC. This suggestion was derided on the following points... a) The site doesn't exist. It does exist and selecting it as the location for the new sixth form college proves its existence. b) Not enough parking. No, there is an empty car park on the opposite side of the Southampton road plus the under used Culver street multi-story car park. Good choice for the location though, this area can develop as a centre for higher education and maybe one day Salisbury City might even end up with a university. karlmarx
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12:37pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Al SP1 says...

Karlmarx, I'd agree with your judgement, the Tollgate road site is excellent and it is larger than people might think. Clearly until the architectural designs are completed we will not know the position on parking, obviously there is likely to be a number of spaces but we will encourage staff and students to walk/use public transport to try to minimize our environmental footprint.
In relation to the UTC, we have not been involved with their plans so I cannot really comment. However, it is perhaps useful to remember that they are a much larger organization, teaching age 13-19 (we are 16-19) so whilst Tollgate is ideal for us, it may have been too small for them.
... and yes, it would be great for Salisbury to have a University.
Karlmarx, I'd agree with your judgement, the Tollgate road site is excellent and it is larger than people might think. Clearly until the architectural designs are completed we will not know the position on parking, obviously there is likely to be a number of spaces but we will encourage staff and students to walk/use public transport to try to minimize our environmental footprint. In relation to the UTC, we have not been involved with their plans so I cannot really comment. However, it is perhaps useful to remember that they are a much larger organization, teaching age 13-19 (we are 16-19) so whilst Tollgate is ideal for us, it may have been too small for them. ... and yes, it would be great for Salisbury to have a University. Al SP1
  • Score: 3

3:29pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Schoolmum999 says...

The launch of S6C can only be a good thing and I wish you every success. Your choice of location is good and building a new, purpose built facility is also a good move, as there isn't really any where else.

I'm still not convinced that the UTC site is fit for purpose. Outside space is essential for the students and Wilton Road has none, as part of the site is being hived off for housing. I am sure you will have considered this and will provide plenty of outside space and sporting facilities for your students.
The launch of S6C can only be a good thing and I wish you every success. Your choice of location is good and building a new, purpose built facility is also a good move, as there isn't really any where else. I'm still not convinced that the UTC site is fit for purpose. Outside space is essential for the students and Wilton Road has none, as part of the site is being hived off for housing. I am sure you will have considered this and will provide plenty of outside space and sporting facilities for your students. Schoolmum999
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4:08pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Al SP1 says...

Thanks Schoolmum999, your support is appreciated; unfortunately the days of the DfE funding large outdoor areas are gone for everyone. Fortunately, with the Tollgate site there are several such spaces on our doorstep so this should not be as much of an issue as it might have been in other locations. We will be looking to the Students and parents to help us design a provision that meets their needs as best as funds permit so please do come along to our engagement events or contact us via our website and we would be delighted to hear from you.
Thanks Schoolmum999, your support is appreciated; unfortunately the days of the DfE funding large outdoor areas are gone for everyone. Fortunately, with the Tollgate site there are several such spaces on our doorstep so this should not be as much of an issue as it might have been in other locations. We will be looking to the Students and parents to help us design a provision that meets their needs as best as funds permit so please do come along to our engagement events or contact us via our website and we would be delighted to hear from you. Al SP1
  • Score: 0

4:31pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Schoolmum999 says...

So reading between the lines, you are not going to have sporting facilities or outside recreational space?
So reading between the lines, you are not going to have sporting facilities or outside recreational space? Schoolmum999
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5:04pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Al SP1 says...

Schoolmum999 wrote:
So reading between the lines, you are not going to have sporting facilities or outside recreational space?
To be honest, I cannot say at this stage but of course all of our curriculum will be provided for. Obviously extra-curricular sporting activities will also be encouraged and facilities will be provided on campus where possible. In relation to indoor space, the designs for the building are not yet done so that is yet to be decided. As for outdoor space, there is insufficient space on the Tollgate site for things like football pitches etc but that doesn't mean that there will not be outdoor sports provision, rather that we will have to look beyond our Tollgate Road site to do them. Although not ideal, this does already happen in the City and I often see the Bishop Wordsworth's boys making their way to their pitches over the river.
As I say though, the best way to influence provision is through direct engagement; both parents and students. The S6C team are parent-based and hence student focused; we want to provide the best resources possible.
[quote][p][bold]Schoolmum999[/bold] wrote: So reading between the lines, you are not going to have sporting facilities or outside recreational space?[/p][/quote]To be honest, I cannot say at this stage but of course all of our curriculum will be provided for. Obviously extra-curricular sporting activities will also be encouraged and facilities will be provided on campus where possible. In relation to indoor space, the designs for the building are not yet done so that is yet to be decided. As for outdoor space, there is insufficient space on the Tollgate site for things like football pitches etc but that doesn't mean that there will not be outdoor sports provision, rather that we will have to look beyond our Tollgate Road site to do them. Although not ideal, this does already happen in the City and I often see the Bishop Wordsworth's boys making their way to their pitches over the river. As I say though, the best way to influence provision is through direct engagement; both parents and students. The S6C team are parent-based and hence student focused; we want to provide the best resources possible. Al SP1
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Schoolmum999 says...

Am I correct in thinking that PE is not part of a sixth form curriculum and therefore PE will not be provided for?

With regards to arrangements like Bishop Wordsworth, the facilities they use are owned by the school, but S6C won't have this luxury. Also speaking as a parent with a child at BWS, the off site sporting facilities are not ideal, but I can't stress enough, how important they are to six formers. This must not be underestimated.
Am I correct in thinking that PE is not part of a sixth form curriculum and therefore PE will not be provided for? With regards to arrangements like Bishop Wordsworth, the facilities they use are owned by the school, but S6C won't have this luxury. Also speaking as a parent with a child at BWS, the off site sporting facilities are not ideal, but I can't stress enough, how important they are to six formers. This must not be underestimated. Schoolmum999
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10:13pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Al SP1 says...

Quite agree and we certainly would not underestimate the value of healthy lifestyle provision including, but not restricted to sports. Please don't think that just because something is not in the curriculum we don't think it is important and it will not be run extra-curricular; we are just not in a position to make promises at this stage.
Quite agree and we certainly would not underestimate the value of healthy lifestyle provision including, but not restricted to sports. Please don't think that just because something is not in the curriculum we don't think it is important and it will not be run extra-curricular; we are just not in a position to make promises at this stage. Al SP1
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11:31am Mon 24 Feb 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

The dangerous practice of young boys in their sports gear running /walking amongst the rush hour traffic on Churchill Way and Exeter St. from BWS to their playing fields in Britford and the constant crossing across Exeter St for classrooms was amongst the many reasons land was provided alongside SWGS on Stratford road for BWS to move to a new build facility a few years ago.
However, I understand that the Headmaster at the time fought tooth and nail against the plan believing that the SWGS girls would be a bad influence upon 'his' boys and that the school would lose all it's cache associated with it's ancient buildings in the Cathedral Close.
Possibly one of the most short sighted but typical of Smallsbury attitudes to the planning and future development of the City.
Then as is now the council had no backbone to drive through change.
The dangerous practice of young boys in their sports gear running /walking amongst the rush hour traffic on Churchill Way and Exeter St. from BWS to their playing fields in Britford and the constant crossing across Exeter St for classrooms was amongst the many reasons land was provided alongside SWGS on Stratford road for BWS to move to a new build facility a few years ago. However, I understand that the Headmaster at the time fought tooth and nail against the plan believing that the SWGS girls would be a bad influence upon 'his' boys and that the school would lose all it's cache associated with it's ancient buildings in the Cathedral Close. Possibly one of the most short sighted but typical of Smallsbury attitudes to the planning and future development of the City. Then as is now the council had no backbone to drive through change. Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 6

9:32pm Tue 25 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

It's hard to see how the UTC will fill fit in with current government policy on cutting defence spending and engineering in favour of house building and debt creation. Where as the new sixth form has a much more diverse and less vulnerable curriculum. We have already placed 3 of our young persons back into education with the new sixth form and this will give them a better chance of finding useful employment in the future, great work on the diverse range of courses, well done.
It's hard to see how the UTC will fill fit in with current government policy on cutting defence spending and engineering in favour of house building and debt creation. Where as the new sixth form has a much more diverse and less vulnerable curriculum. We have already placed 3 of our young persons back into education with the new sixth form and this will give them a better chance of finding useful employment in the future, great work on the diverse range of courses, well done. karlmarx
  • Score: 3

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