Cowley International College
St. Helens, United Kingdom
About Cowley International College
Cowley International College, formerly Cowley Language College, is an 11-18 College situated in St Helens, Merseyside. Founded in the 1900s, the College has been at the forefront of local traditions, whilst being at the cutting edge of technological and educational development. There are over 1,500 students on roll, with around 350 of those students studying in the College’s Sixth Form. A strong link with St Helens RFC has been built up over a number of years providing opportunities for students who have an interest in sport.
The College’s tenacity to move with the times and offer its students an outstanding curriculum, inside and outside of the classroom, is what secures Cowley’s reputation of providing a well-rounded education. “The College offers a broad and balanced curriculum. There is an appropriate balance of vocational courses and students achieve very well in most of these.” Ofsted report 2016.
Mr Cameron Sheeran
“Every day, staff, students and parents support each other in the challenges and celebrate in the successes. We are delighted that during their last visit, Ofsted saw for themselves just how strong a College Cowley is and awarded us with “good”, their second highest rating.” Principal, Cameron Sheeran.
“The Principal has a clear and positive vision for the school. His determination to serve its pupils as well as possible is shared by leaders and other staff….The College is outward looking. Leaders have a clear view of the needs of the College’s wider community and aim for the College’s work to redress some of the challenges it faces.” Ofsted Report, 2016.
The school has achieved many awards including “The International School Award”, which recognises curriculum-based international work. The College’s international dimension underpins its inclusive ethos and imaginative provision within a safe and vibrant environment.
Cowley International College has also gained an award in RE with the Gold Standard RE Quality Mark (REQM) in recognition of outstanding Religious Education being taught at the school, as well as also being named as an Eco-Schools Silver Award winner.
In 2016, Cowley was awarded the Young Carers in Schools Silver award in recognition of the quality of care the College provides to students who are helping to care for a member of their family. Also being awarded the Every Child Matters (ECM) Quality mark acknowledges the ways in which Cowley’s policies, practice, ethos and culture combine to empower its most vulnerable learners to be the best they can be.
Values and vision
At Cowley International College, students’ personal spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is viewed as a fundamental part of the academic and pastoral work of the College. In addition, the students are taught about wider values such as respect and tolerance for others. The College’s Cowleian values, set out as “aspirational, considerate, independent, healthy, good communicators,” underpin the ethos of the College. To this end, the College endeavors to ensure that everyone is treated as an individual and that students are being prepared for the modern working world.
Throughout the 2016 Ofsted report, there was praise for the excellent leadership of a school that is ‘calm and orderly’ despite being larger than average, admiration for well-behaved students who are ready to learn, and recognition for staff, who work hard for the benefit of their pupils through the quality of their teaching.
“Pupils generally behave well in lessons and this helps everyone to learn. Pupils are generally positive about school and have good relationships with each other. Attendance is around the national average but longer-term absence is less than often seen elsewhere. Teaching overall helps pupils to learn well and the most effective teaching helps pupils to make very rapid progress. The most able disadvantaged pupils do as well as other pupils nationally. The provision for Sixth Form students helps them to make progress and move on to their chosen next steps.” Ofsted report 2016.