Coulsdon Sixth Form College

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Coulsdon College
Placehouse Lane

Old Coulsdon

TypeSixth Form College
Local authorityLondon Borough of Croydon
Department for Education URN130433 Tables
Head teacherOdette Carew
Age16 to 19
Enrolmentaround 1100

Coulsdon Sixth Form College is a Sixth Form College for 16 to 19 year-olds based in Old Coulsdon, London and is built on the site of Purley High School for Boys. It has been graded 'Good' by Ofsted twice, most recently in April 2018.


The College offers predominantly GCE A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses, with provision for students to enrol on an Intermediate Programme (pre-A Level) and GCSE re-sit courses in English and Maths.

Students at Coulsdon Sixth Form College have the option to ‘mix and match’ A Levels with BTEC Level 3 courses, which allows them to customise their study programmes to best match their interests and abilities. The range of courses covers: Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Business, Travel, Sport, Science, IT, Health and Social Care, Mathematics, Humanities, Languages and Media. This programme of study is unique to the College.


The College is housed in a three-storey university style building. It has learning facilities such as a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) with 90 computers.

Coulsdon Sixth Form College also offers students other facilities such as a Refectory, a theatre, sport hall, gym, netball and tennis courts and a playfield.[1]

Information Technology[edit]

Coulsdon College has developed a virtual learning environment called Moodle, which can be accessed from the College network and also from a home computer. Students have access on Moodle to online course material, independent learning activities and a large variety of media.

Students and staff have their own user area on the network with email, internet and Moodle access, with free Wi-Fi accessible across campus. The College has over 1,000 machines, equipped with industry-standard software and specialist educational programmes. Macs are available for all Media and Technology students who need to use them for their courses.

Tutorial programme[edit]

The College has set up a tutorial programme inspired by the university system. Every student has a personal tutor who both teaches them and is responsible for providing help and support.

The Assistant Principal is responsible for the organisation of the pastoral side of College life, together with the student's personal tutor. They offer advice and guidance regarding performance and future ambitions. They are also the point of contact between the College and parents, with the aim that both parties feel free to contact each other about any problems affecting a student's work.


Students from the College can take part in the College Activities Programme and get involved in extra-curricular clubs and activities. These change each term but usually include a mix of skill-based activities, recreational sports and career orientated clubs. Progression Week in June enables Lower Sixth students to play a role in an action-packed week of activities, including external trips and a variety of College-based experiences, such as visits to theatres, places of historic interest, but also personal fitness sessions, creative workshops and activities to help with career planning.


In addition to the floodlit Astro Turf football/hockey pitch, tennis courts and extensive playing fields on site, the College has a Sports Centre comprising a sports hall and fitness suite. There is also a Football Academy, run by FTF Academy. This offers students the chance to benefit from football coaching in addition to their main course at College.[2]

Performing Arts[edit]

The College has three studios, two dedicated to Music, and a theatre. There are annual shows which showcase a variety of musical and theatrical productions throughout the year enable students to express their performance skills.[3]


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