Sir George Monoux College
Waltham Forest, United Kingdom
About Sir George Monoux College
Sir George Monoux College is a Sixth Form College, catering for 16-19 year olds, situated in the North East London Borough of Waltham Forest, which borders Epping Forest. It is located on a single 17.5 acre site in Walthamstow. The main building is set back from the road in landscaped grounds, surrounded by two playing fields. The College serves a wide catchment area and approximately half of its students live in the neighbouring London boroughs of Newham, Haringey, Hackney, Enfield and Tower Hamlets. Access to Central London is good via tube, rail and bus links. The College aims to help students reach their highest potential whether it is academic, artistic or vocational.
There are currently 2000 students at the College, all of them 16 to 19 year olds on full-time courses. Over 85% of the students come from minority ethnic groups living in London. The College curriculum provision includes 35 GCE A/AS level subjects, 9 BTEC Level 3, 8 BTEC Level 2, and the possibility to resit GCSE courses in English and Mathematics. In addition, all students have access to a wide range of leisure and recreational facilities within our enrichment programme.
We have invested millions over the past few years to provide exceptional facilities for our students. The original main College building is constantly being updated and refurbished.
The Brockman Building was opened in September 2003, providing first rate accommodation and facilities for Music, Media and Performing Arts. It also houses the sports hall, new changing rooms and an IT Suite.
The Drapers Building was opened in September 2004 and boasts an exceptional LRC, excellent Art and Photography studios, a state of the art language laboratory plus a café and relaxation area. This new building is also home to the Humanities department where classrooms are bright and airy, providing a very pleasant environment in which to study.
Apart from our two new buildings, other recently developed areas include the student conservatory, Theatre, Guidance Unit and Student Development Centre. The garden areas have been beautifully landscaped. In 2002, new Science laboratories were put in and a new IT Suite was created. The whole College is well equipped with computers, reference books, audio visual equipment and a range of journals and newspapers. The College is accessible for wheelchair users.
Sporting and recreational facilities are very good, with a sports hall, weight training gym and sports fields. Brand new changing rooms link the new building to the Sports Centre. Our students compete locally and in some cases nationally at basketball, netball, athletics, football and cricket. The College’s basketball team were recently under 19 English Schools’ National Champions.
The College currently employs 170 staff, of which 68 are support staff, and we have recently increased the number of teaching staff in response to continued growth. There is an expectation that all teachers contribute to the College’s Tutorial, General Studies, Key Skills and Enrichment programmes as required.
The college is rated in the top 10% of the country in terms of Contextualised Value Added and the best in the London Borough of Waltham Forest in this context.
The college is currently undertaking a restructure to move from seven departments to three faculties with a mix of vocational and academic subjects.