Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Birmingham, United Kingdom
About Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Joseph Chamberlain College is a popular and highly successful Sixth Form College that was established in 1983 and now offers a wide range of academic courses at all levels to around 2300 school leavers and approximately 700 adults on a separate site.
Our curriculum offer and entry criteria are highly inclusive, offering clear progression routes to success for all students, regardless of their starting points and backgrounds. Approximately 80% of our work is with 16-18 year olds at Level 3, who study AS/A2 Levels or Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas. At Level 2, we offer BTECs and a comprehensive GCSE programme to 16-18 year olds; at Entry Level and Level One, we have a relatively extensive ESOL provision for both 16-18 year olds and 19+ learners. In addition, our Adult Learning Directorate offers classes in ESOL, Literacy, Numeracy, Access to HE, Higher Education, Teacher Training and a range of Vocational Provision to the local community. Our wider curriculum is also rich and varied and students benefit from a great deal of choice in sports, additional languages, performing arts, citizenship, and various other student-led clubs/societies.
In 2018, Joseph Chamberlain College achieved an A-level pass rate of 99% for the fifth year running and the best results in the history of the College. In our recent inspection in 2017 we were graded as ‘outstanding’ in all categories and we continue to provide a broad, inclusive and high quality education to all of our students that results in some of the highest levels of progression to Higher Education in the sector. The College is situated within easy reach of Birmingham city centre in a state of the art building with superbly equipped classrooms and outstanding facilities.
We were featured in the 2015 Parliamentary Review and will feature again in the 2019 Parliamentary Review for best practice in further education. We are a member of the Teachers’ Development Trust which recognises our comprehensive package of innovative and high impact professional development. As part of a local Teaching Alliance, we support all newly qualified teachers, from both secondary and post-16 backgrounds, to complete their NQT year and achieve either QTS or QTLS.
We are ambitious institution, with a clear strategy to keep being highly successful for our students. Staff, students and visitors often comment on the warm and welcoming atmosphere at the College and the strong sense of community that permeates the organisation.