Franklin College

North East Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Location: North East Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Phase: Further Education
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 16+ years

About Franklin College

In 2020, Franklin will celebrate its thirtieth birthday by continuing to celebrate the fantastic achievements made by our students and the contribution they make to the area and to the country. 

Franklin is, first and foremost, a college for our community. In 2018 OFSTED recognised the college as ‘embedded within its local community and creating an environment in which young people thrive’.

Our students go on to do great things, and we are delighted that Franklin students are more likely to gain good university degrees and more likely to be successful in securing employment than other sixth form college students nationally.  

As a genuine Sixth Form College, (rather than a school-based sixth form or large Further Education College add-on) we are specialists, focussed entirely on sixth form provision. Our skills and effort goes in to supporting young people to make the transition from school to adulthood and to secure their future success. This means we provide a broad curriculum tailored to the needs of young people, taught by staff who are specialists in their subject area and supported by a whole college which is focussed on the phase of a young person’s life that spans leaving school to entering the world of higher education or work. 

Our college campus on Chelmsford Avenue is spacious and well equipped to provide students with the range of experiences they need to develop their independence and prepare for their future, both educationally and in terms of wider enrichment. We also work closely with our community to provide for basic skills support in numeracy and literacy in community centres locally.

As a community-facing college, we welcome employers and representatives from a range of universities into the college to advise and support students on an almost daily basis. We also have strong relationships with charity and other local and national interest groups, all working together to ensure that the young people of North East Lincolnshire, Greater Lincolnshire and further afield, see a clear line of sight to their goals and aspirations. Our Franklin Professionals Programmes are designed to engage those young people who have the very highest and clearest aspirations; from the Grimsby Town FUTSAL Programme to our Career Academies in Logistics and Law for example. 

We are also a founder member of the Venn Group, working in partnership with four other Sixth Form Colleges in our wider region (John Leggott, Wyke, Wilberforce and Scarborough). This group forms an engine for quality improvement and staff development in the area. 

Each year, hundreds of students move on from Franklin College to take their next steps into the world. We always look forward to hearing about their progress and are very proud of all of our students’ achievements.

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Address: Chelmsford Avenue, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN34 5BY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1472 875000
What people say about us

The Governing Body is extremely proud to serve our college, which is truly unique in its ability to deliver successful destinations for all of our students, with the most ‘incredible’ success stories from many who have found their lives totally transformed and their horizons expanded through selecting to study at Franklin; our belief is the same as our students who will gleefully shout “If you want to succeed – go to Franklin”. Governors are passionate in our commitment to robustly support all who study and work at Franklin and have an unwavering commitment to promote student engagement enthusiastically and to support our students in assisting to push the boundaries of knowledge, which we are confident serves to transform their lives whilst expanding their horizons, irrespective of whether they have selected to travel on the road to academic, scientific, technical or vocational studies. We all succeed together at Franklin.

- Alex Baxter - Chair of the Corporation

Franklin College is a great place to be a student. The facilities that Franklin has available to students are brilliant. I really like working in the learning centre which has all the resources you could need and is an inspiring environment to do you coursework and homework. Franklin tutors really know their subjects, are supportive and available outside of classes when you need a little extra help. Franklin has a culture of students helping each other with student mentors in many departments, these students have a great understanding of the subject and have already completed their first year at the college. To have this extra help in an informal setting is great.

- Kieran Lamb - Student

I came to Franklin College in 1998 to take my A Levels and enjoyed my experiences so much that I applied for a job after finishing university. I have now worked at Franklin for over 11 year's and hope that I will be able to continue to develop my career here. Each year Franklin admits a wonderful cohort of young people with exciting aspirations of what they would like to achieve in the future. It is a pleasure to work in an inspiring and exciting environment. Franklin's staff are among some of the most dedicated and highly skilled I have worked with and are always available to support our young people and each other. I have always felt valued at Franklin, part of a team and able to continually improve my skills and develop professionally. I can recommend working at Franklin wholeheartedly.

- Andrew Howden - Staff member