Learn more about the Venn Colleges Group
Each of the Colleges is independent college and have an excellent reputation within its local area. The power of the Group lies in our ability to draw upon the skills and resources of our collective membership to gain the best possible outcomes for our students, and ensure that every young person is able to achieve their potential.
We believe passionately that all of our students should progress to destinations that provide the best match to their ambition and skills – be that higher education, further training, or directly into employment. By working together, the five members of the Venn Group express their commitment to improving the life chances of young people and their families, and to increasing the capacity of the region to grow and prosper in the future.
We recognise that for some of our students, progression to higher education provides the opportunities and experiences that will equip them for the professions and careers of their choice. To this end we have exceptional links with the Russell Group universities, with medical, dentistry and veterinary schools, and with higher education providers whose career-based degree programmes provide exceptional pathways into employment.
Programmes of Study
We recognise that every student is different, and every member of the Venn Group provides a personalised programme of study.
We offer opportunities and courses including foundation degree, A levels, BTEC and CTEC vocational programmes at both advanced and intermediate level, and a wide range of optional programmes that broaden our students’ experiences and studies.
We have considerable proven strengths in successfully delivering advanced and intermediate level qualifications, and have led national innovations in developing a curriculum that allows all young people to thrive and achieve the best possible destinations.
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I chose Wilberforce because of the supportive teaching staff and the welcoming feel of the college. My favourite memory of Wilberforce would be the heart dissection that we did in A Level Biology; I had so much fun and the staff let me stay after class to further explore the anatomy of the heart.
The Excellence Programme along with the excellent Careers advice really helped me weigh up my options and supported me through university applications. Our trip to the Oxford and Cambridge open days really stuck with me. My time at Wilberforce has provided me with some of my best memories of education; I made friends for life and loved the college so much I went back as a university student for two years to mentor and help Biology students with their revision.
After Wilberforce I completed a 4 year degree in Chemistry at the University of Warwick, which included a year in the Netherlands as a Research & Development scientist for DSM, a multinational company specialising in health, nutrition and materials. I graduated with a 1st Class Master’s degree in Chemistry. This qualified me for the Science Graduate programme with Thames Water, where I am currently working in environmental regulation as part of this programme. I am also working towards further qualifications to be a Registered Scientist. I will always look back on my time at Wilberforce as a place that enabled me to discover my field, provided a platform for me to succeed and left me with a mind-set that strives to achieve more.
Studying at Franklin, I loved all four courses in my first year. It suited me perfectly
to be analysing feminist poetry in the morning, conjugating verbs before lunch, and integrating exponential functions in the afternoon. Sadly I had to let one go - I dropped French moving into my second year, having developed an intention to apply for Economics at university.
I did well in my second year at Franklin, and moved on to St Hugh's College, Oxford where I benefitted from some of the best tutoring in the world.
All of this gave me a superb footing to move into business. I'm now working at a strategy consultancy in Oxford as an analyst.
Throughout my time at Franklin Sixth Form College I was always interested in the sciences, and in particular the fantastic Biology course at Franklin.
Having gained A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Law at Franklin College I first went on to the University of Sheffield to study a BSc in Biomedical Science. I then gained experience in many different departments of the large teaching hospitals in Sheffield as well as spending time locally in Grimsby hospital. From this experience, I decided that I wanted to become a diagnostic radiographer and therefore got back in touch with my old tutors at Franklin who were more than happy to help me reapply for a degree in Diagnostic Radiography.
My teachers have all inspired me, provided me with confidence, and helped me realise my academic potential. I am also very grateful for all the support I have received from my family. I always knew I wanted to join John Leggott College, especially for the A Level Economics programme but the college is so much more than that, the A*spire programme is fantastic and the independence we receive whilst belonging to a community. JLC has also been so responsive over the last year, right from the beginning of the pandemic. They have reflected and adapted quickly to virtual teaching and have been ahead of the game, if not on par with private schools with extensive resources available. Learning virtually is not what I envisioned when joining the college, but it has also taught me to be more independent – a useful skill for university.
I think my favourite part of studying at Wyke has been the people I have met. I’ve made some top mates and had the pleasure of working under some exceptional teachers. Additionally, the College just has the right ambiance of achievement that you can’t help but work hard and strive for success as a student.
Studying at Scarborough Sixth Form College not only helped me to learn new skills, but also helped me to grow more confident as a person.