The College of Richard Collyer or Collyer’s, as it is more commonly known, is one of the leading sixth form colleges in the country. Graded by OFSTED as ‘Outstanding’, Collyer’s boasts a rich sense of history, an attractive and traditional campus, and exceptional teaching. Students at Collyer’s have achieved the best examination results in the county for the last 3 years running and the college consistently ranks in the top 3 in the country for A Level results. Over 45 subjects are available at Collyer’s including A Level and career focused options, and staff give students detailed guidance regarding their combination of subject choices to ensure they match their personal interests, talents and progression aims. Situated in a beautiful market town called Horsham, the college is ideally located between London and Brighton with fantastic train links to both and journey times of around one hour. Horsham is also perfectly positioned for international travel with London Gatwick Airport just 20 minutes away by car or train.
Collyer’s students have access to excellent progression advice, with dedicated members of staff advising on university applications including a dedicated Oxbridge preparation programme. Once they leave school, 90% of the school’s alumni gain a 1st or a 2:1 at university. This places Collyer’s graduates ahead of the private school sector average, and significantly ahead of the state (public) sector. The college promotes an inclusive culture in which well-qualified teachers prepare students to learn through exciting and challenging teaching, aided by first class facilities and modern learning technology. In choosing to study at The College of Richard Collyer, students choose a top college with an outstanding national reputation.
Collyer’s is an attractive campus college with excellent facilities to support students across their learning and extra-curricular activities. The College was founded in 1532 and the current site developed in 1860. As a result of such strong historical foundations, the college presents as a fusion of historic buildings combined with modern facilities and classrooms, creating a spacious and inspiring place to learn. Facilities include a large and modern library, a sports centre for basketball, badminton and table tennis, a student gym, outdoor courts for netball and hockey, football and rugby pitches, art studios, performing arts spaces, studios for photography and media, computer suites, a Design Technology workshop, a Careers and Higher Education department and a canteen serving hot and cold food for students
Sports & Arts
Enrichment is so integral to a programme at Collyer’s that it is built into every student’s timetable. There are a huge variety of extracurricular activities available to Collyer’s students including sport, music and drama, offering them the opportunity to develop personally as well as academically. Collyer’s has an excellent reputation for sport and their competitive sports teams regularly compete at regional and national level. Students can choose from playing sports at Academy, College or Recreational level depending on their preferred sport, level of interest and ability. Sports on offer include rugby, netball, basketball, football, hockey, rugby, badminton, table tennis, dance, volleyball and yoga. The college is host to West Sussex Music, who have their offices on campus and all students are encouraged to take part in music and performing arts as an opportunity to broaden their horizons and skill sets. Throughout the year students will have opportunities to participate in music groups, the dance company, radio production, film projects, drama competitions and showcases, devised musicals, writing workshops, auditions training, LAMDA qualifications and meeting with visiting theatre companies.
Students at Collyer’s benefit from excellent pastoral care from their Personal Tutor, Head of House, Student Services, Study Support and Student Wellbeing Teams. Personal Tutors and Heads of House provide guidance, monitoring and support through each stage of the Sixth Form journey, for every student. The tutorial programme, delivered weekly, helps students to settle into school, develop independent learning skills and supports students in making decisions about the future. There is always someone for students to speak to if they need.
The local town, Horsham, has a wide variety of shops in a pedestrianised area with lots of cafés and restaurants. Collyer’s is a 5-minute walk from the train station and is situated next to a large central park which connects the school to the town centre. Collyer’s has a thriving Student Union that acts as the student voice, representing the whole college community. It is led by a group of democratically-elected student officers who are voted in each year by the student body, and managed by a member of staff. The student officers meet periodically with tutor group representatives to discuss and make decisions on ways in which college life can be improved to promote inclusivity, enrich learning and ensure that every student has a positive and fulfilling experience during their time at Collyer’s.
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