Newham Sixth Form College
Newham Sixth Form College, also known as NewVIc, is a sixth form college with its headquarters in Plaistow in Newham, east London. It was established in 1992 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012.
With more than 2,500 full-time students, NewVIc is London’s largest sixth form college. It offers a wide range of subjects and courses from specialist A-level pathways to advanced, intermediate and foundation level vocational courses.
The college has recently launched the NewVIc Honours Programme, which is a tailored academic programme of curriculum, enrichment and guidance.
The college community includes over 300 staff.
A school was first opened on the site as the municipal Plaistow Secondary School in 1926.<ref name="time">Template:Cite web</ref> In 1945 this became Plaistow Grammar School (later known as Plaistow County Grammar School) which in 1972 merged with Faraday Secondary Modern School to become Cumberland Comprehensive School. On conversion to a sixth form college student numbers grew at a dramatic rate, increasing from 750 in the first year to over 2,000 in the 2002/3 academic year and more than 2,500 in 2009/10. The college was led from 1991 to 2008 by Sid Hughes, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Teaching Awards of 2005 and was awarded an honorary degree by University of East London upon his retiring from NewVIc. The current principal is Eddie Playfair, who has been in place since 2008.
The college curriculum includes specialist A-level courses which are unique to NewVIc, offering some students specific courses in financial services or economics. The college also offers AS levels, level 3 BTEC extended diplomas, level 2 BTEC diplomas, foundation level courses and ESOL programmes.
NewVIc offers the opportunity to work towards the Sixth Form Bac (SFBac), which is run in conjunction with a number of colleges nationwide, or an Honours Programme tailored around A-level and BTEC level 3 goals, including extracurricular activities.
In summer 2011 A-level students gained a record 141 A* and A grades. 31 of which were at A* grade. Students achieved 100% pass rates in 14 A-level subjects, and more than 1 in 3 candidates achieved an A*, A or B grade. Among vocational students, a record 123 achieved a triple distinction, the highest grade possible. Ten BTEC extended diploma courses achieved 100% pass rates.
Department for Education figures showed that in 2011 100% of students at the end of their studying achieved at least 1 A-level pass, while 97% achieved 2 A-levels or equivalent and 77% achieved 3.
NewVIc is a purpose-built college with facilities which include:
- newly refurbished multi-media suites
- engineering workshops
- over 1,100 computers and netbooks with internet and email access
- outdoor floodlit multi-use games area with free sports equipment on loan to students
- free car parking for students
- dance studios
- multi-faith room for quiet reflection and prayer
- wireless computing facilities
- Newham Sixth Form College website
- Ofsted report, 2005
- London Development Agency
- Stratford Circus
- Circus Media Centre