The College of Richard Collyer

West Sussex, United Kingdom

Location: West Sussex, United Kingdom
Phase: Further Education
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 16 - 19 years

About The College of Richard Collyer

The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham, which is commonly known as Collyer’s, is both a Beacon college and was recognised as “Outstanding” at its last inspection. It is an attractive and well equipped environment with a co-operative and purposeful ethos within which good teaching and learning can flourish.

The College has a long history of commitment to education whilst also seeking to remain forward-thinking. It was founded as a school nearly five hundred years ago under the terms of the will of a prominent member of the Mercers’ Company in the City of London.  Ever since the Mercers’ Company and the Parish of Horsham have been involved in its governance and are represented on the Governing Body.  In 1976 Collyer’s became a sixth form college, and remains a designated sixth form college and a full member of the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association.

The College provides education for 2,000 young people in the age range 16-19.  Half of each year’s intake comes from the three partner 11-16 schools in Horsham: Forest, Millais and Tanbridge House. Many others come from a wide range of schools which are further afield, including the independent as well as the maintained sector. Collyer’s has a very successful and consistent record in external examinations.  In 2017 the A level pass rate was 99% with the proportion of A* - B grades at 57% and value added ALPs grade 3 ‘Excellent’ at A level and grade 2 ‘Outstanding’ at AS Level. The College achieved an overall ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade in March 2008.

Collyer’s 4 A's centre offers Advice, Adult Education, Apprenticeships, and Access to HE courses at the college site in the evenings. Staffing is largely, although not entirely separate from daytime provision. Daytime staff are involved in moderation, teaching and learning observation and sometimes teaching of courses. Apprenticeships and the Advice and Careers areas have a large crossover with daytime opportunities and provide progression or an alternative mode of study to Sixth Form students. We also have over 300 students studying a range of professional and recreational adult learning courses, ranging from art, to sign language and accounting courses. 

There is a commercial day nursery on the college site

Collyer’s is situated near the centre of Horsham, within easy reach of the town centre and railway station.  We currently employ 101 teachers and 103 support staff, each with a mix of full-time and part-time posts.  The college is organised for teaching into four Faculties, nearly all teachers also act as personal tutors for about 25 students organised into eight houses led by a Head of House.  The majority of our students take A and AS level courses and most go on to further and higher study.  Vocational courses (BTECs and EYE Early Years Education Level 3) are also offered, as well as additional Intermediate Level courses including BTEC, GCSE and Early Years Education Level 2.  A wide range of enrichment activities, Performing Arts, Sport and Recreation are recommended to provide a broad and balanced programme for students.

Support staff provide vital services for the effective running of the college in Administration, Finance, HR, Information and Learning Technology, Curriculum Support, Catering and Premises.

The College is committed to continuing professional development for staff.  Applications are welcomed regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, belief or sexuality.  

Collyer’s is a rewarding and stimulating place in which to work, with a strong identity and sense of community. We look forward to receiving your application if you would like to join us.  

Sally Bromley


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Address: Hurst Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2EJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1403 210822
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