About Us

About Us

Our fundamental beliefs about education are summarised in our mission statement of “Valuing People, Supporting Personal Best”.

The first part of this statement illustrates our desire to help young people be happy and confident at school and beyond. We think this in turn gives them the best chance of being successful in achieving their goals and ambitions.

The second part of our mission statement recognises that we all have different strengths and can only try our best. This is not an easy option; asking young people to always try their best in everything they do is very ambitious and we do all we can to help everybody to reach their full potential. Parents tell us that they value a school where their child feels happy, valued, known as an individual and supported to do their best. We try our utmost to deliver these aims. We have a commitment to achieving our guiding values, our five ‘C’s’, as seen to the right. 

We have a commitment to achieving our guiding values, our five ‘C’s’:


We treat everybody as we would wish to be treated


We listen, explain and check understanding


We keep trying until we have given our absolute best


We help people work together effectively


We build confidence by recognising contributions and efforts

These values underpin our behaviour policy, which we call “Commitment to Learn”, which places an emphasis on rewarding all our students for trying their best or exceeding expectations. We frequently celebrate students’ successes and we set great store by trying to work together with parents, to achieve the best outcomes we can for their child.

This approach, together with a rich curriculum, has brought our students considerable success. They perform very strongly in public examinations, compete at a very high standard in a wide variety of sports, perform at the highest levels of dance, drama and music, contribute to a wide variety of charitable causes and support numerous community causes. I do not subscribe to the negative manner in which many young people are often portrayed because I see evidence of a superb attitude, hard work and commitment on a daily basis. We are very proud of the young people who attend our college.

Some of you may be reading this website to find out more about our sixth form, which is increasingly becoming the first choice destination for students from a number of high schools as well as our own. We offer a distinctive choice; being a relatively small post-16 institution we can offer a level of personal attention that is difficult to match elsewhere. This personal touch extends to teaching, where our small class sizes allow teachers to offer individual guidance and to our pastoral support, which enables our staff to know each student well and help at whatever level is needed. Again, this standard is reflected in our rapidly improving results, with the most recent set placing us in the top 5% of all post-16 institutions nationally. Again, there are a wealth of curriculum options available and a warm, friendly and happy atmosphere balanced with a determination to help everybody achieve their personal goals.

The same beliefs apply equally to our staff. We believe in investing in our staff, to help them become the best they can be. We want our employees to feel valued, happy in their work and keen to achieve their personal best. Our staff are friendly, hard-working and a great team. If you are thinking of joining us, I hope this website encourages you to find out more and apply.

Awards can only ever tell part of the story about a school but we are proud of number of whole-school achievements and our strong performance in statistical tables. We were delighted to be recognized as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED and the Department for Education has awarded us ‘National Teaching School’ and ‘National Support School’ status. We are equally proud of our other awards, such Investors in People Gold and our PE Quality Mark.

Whatever your reason for visiting our website, I hope you enjoy reading its content and take the next step to visit us in the near future.

With best wishes,

John McNally