In 2012 a group of Salisbury school governors and parents, with the support of the headteachers from the Laverstock secondary schools, proposed the idea for a new sixth form college in Salisbury. The college was to be separate from any other educational establishment in Salisbury and provide a world class level 3 provision.
The need for a new sixth form college came from the fact that up to 750 students were travelling from Salisbury out of county to study at other schools and colleges. Neil Owen, the founding Chair of Governors said “It is very important that Salisbury has its own sixth form centre. At the moment, if students don’t get into the grammar schools, they don’t know where to go and often end up travelling miles every day.”
And so, with the support of Salisbury MP John Glenn who said that “improved provision (in Salisbury) is sorely needed”, an application was submitted to create S6C. The application was supported by the New Schools Network development programme, which supports bids where pupils are at a risk of educational disadvantage due to the lack of provision.
Timeline for S6C:
October 2012 – Idea for new Sixth Form for Salisbury put forward
May 2013 – S6C gets approval from Department for Education
November 2013 – Founding Principal Simon Firth appointed to start in January 2014
February 2014 – Tollgate Road chosen as site for new building
July 2014 – Funding approved, and Ofsted give their backing
September 2014 – Salisbury 6th Form College opens to students, using Wiltshire College as a temporary base
2015 – Planning permission granted for the new building on Tollgate Road
November 2015 – Construction of S6C building on Tollgate Road begins
May 2016 – Building handed over to S6C
June 2016 – Students begin lessons in the new building
March 2017 – First Ofsted report released with a Good rating
September 2018 – S6C joins the Magna Learning Partnership
The building was designed, with input from staff and students, specifically to deliver an advanced level curriculum to students in Salisbury. Come and see for yourself the fantastic environment we’ve created.