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Cadbury Sixth Form College

Cadbury Sixth Form College

<p>General Information<br /><br />The College mission is to: <br /><br />Provide high quality education leading to excellent higher education and employment prospects for our diverse community of students.</p>
<p>Cadbury students are nearly all between the ages of 16-18 years old, with a diverse ethnic profile and fairly balanced gender ratio.</p>
<p><br />Achievement and in-year retention rates are generally at or above the national averages. Cadbury has consistently been the leading college in Birmingham and Solihull in terms of average point score per student – a key league table measure – but this position is only just above national benchmark.<br />The College has an excellent reputation across the city, and whilst post-16 provision in Birmingham is diverse and highly competitive, Cadbury continues to attract students to its rather inconveniently sited campus. The City has five selective grammar schools, thirty five 11-18 secondary schools and five general further education colleges and one other sixth form college. Just over 7000 young people achieve 5 GCSE A*- C grades in Birmingham each year, and Cadbury attracts over 12% of this cohort. <br /><br />The size of the 16-18 cohort is reducing quite dramatically in England over the next five years (to 2015), although in Birmingham, the fall is only 4%. Given an increased competition for sixth form students within a context of reducing sixth form funding under the provisions of the 2010 Spending Review, Cadbury College is working to meet the new environmental pressures by:<br />• increasing demand by focusing on quality improvement, and <br />• meeting funding constraints by growing student numbers and thus reducing costs. <br /><br /></p>

Staff Employment
Staff employed at the college are offered a Sixth Form Colleges Forum contract which forms part of the national agreement between sixth from colleges and the recognized teacher unions (NUT, NASUWT, ATL) and support staff union (Unison). Teaching staff contracts allow for 1265 hours directed time over 195 days per year with up to two evenings in lieu of daytime sessions allowed per week, although the College no longer delivers the evening classes as a result of changes to the funding for adult learning. Qualified teachers who meet the requirements can apply for additional Professional Standards payment. The standard support staff contracts are based on 36.5 hours per week and 20-25 days leave depending on length of service. All staff qualify for either a Teachers Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme pension.


<College Facilities
The College is situated in a pleasant campus with good recreational facilities and plenty of open space for sport and relaxation. The buildings are compact and well maintained and the facilities within provide an adult, purposeful environment. Cadbury is the only college in Birmingham not to have benefited from major capital funding whilst it was available prior to 2009 when the scheme collapsed. The buildings whilst sound, well presented and resourced, are no longer fit for purpose in the way that a modern design would be.
In recent years the college has continued to invest many millions of pounds in considerable improvements and new annexes. Most recently, in 2010, the College extended and refurbished the Hub (restaurant/café) to create a larger, more mature environment, doubled the size of the library/learning resource centre, created new music teaching facilities with three sound-proof practice rooms/studio, and developed an excellent new performance theatre with flexible audience seating for 150+.
All staff have their own classroom or teaching environment, although in some departments specialist facilities (such as labs and studios) are shared. All teaching rooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment, interactive whiteboards and the extensive college network (wired and wireless) is supported by PCs in most rooms.
Sports facilities include: an outdoor all-weather area for tennis, football, netball and basketball, two fitness rooms, a Sports Hall, playing fields and recently refurbished changing rooms (2009). The College makes use of nearby facilities for swimming, dancing, cricket and outdoor pursuits.
There are specialist facilities for Art and Textiles, Computing, Design, Drama, Film and Media Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Music Technology, PE and Photography. The Science facilities are excellent following a major refurbishment (in 2008) of all the Chemistry, Biology and Physics laboratories.
The student social facilities have been greatly extended and refurbished in 2010, with high quality, modern design and furniture. Food is served throughout the day, from breakfast to late lunchtime, and is sold at very reasonable prices: nearly 200 students have their main meal paid for by the college.

Nov 2010

Awards

AoC Charter
AoC Charter
Sixth Form Colleges Forum
Sixth Form Colleges Forum
Investor In People 2009
Investor In People 2009

College Details

Cadbury Sixth Form College

Downland Close

Kings Norton

Birmingham

West Midlands

B38 8QT

Cadbury Sixth Form College

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