- City of Sunderland College
Sunderland College Type Further and Higher Education College Principal Ms Angela O'Donoghue Location Durham Road (A690)
City of Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
Local authority Sunderland DfE URN 131347 Ofsted Reports Ages 16+ Website citysun.ac.uk
Sunderland College, is a Further Education, Higher Education College based in Sunderland, North East England. The enrolment includes around 6,300 part-time learners and approximately 4,800 full-time students. A report following a January 2010 Ofsted inspection awarded the school a Grade 2 (good) that icluded a Grade 1 (outstanding) on 3 inspection criteria. The College is a member of the 157 Group of high performing schools.
The College is a multi-centre establishment, with five campuses throughout North East England, these are Bede Campus, Hylton Campus, Shiney Row Campus, Usworth Campus and St. Peter's Campus, which is located on the St Peter's campus of the University of Sunderland.
Statistically, Sunderland College has held the top position of colleges and sixth forms in Sunderland - achieving the best grades locally in comparison with St. Aidan's RC, St. Anthony's RC and St. Robert's of Newminster, in recent years.
The Colleges Bede Campus is in the buildings of the former Bede School which began as a coeducational comprehensive in September 1967. The School, briefly known as Bede School closed in 1991, and was itself a combination of the Bede College School for Boys and Bede Grammar School for Girls, run by the County Borough of Sunderland Education Committee. The girls' school had around 500 girls in the 1950s, and by the 1960s the boys' school had 900 boys.
Shiney Row Campus
This Campus is the specialist centre for most of the visual and performing arts courses. The campus's ethos is strong on creativity, encouraging students to pursue their talents with the use of the large performing hall and recording studio.
It provides facilities to assist students with their studies, careers or with university progression.
The Campus is equipped with language and science labs, hair and beauty salons, large-scale computer sites and an art and design wing. It has recently been awarded the title of Training Quality Standard (TQS) which has superseded the Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)status. This has been awarded for its Computer Network Academy, which offers Cisco CCNA, Microsoft and the new Foundation Degree which has been formulated for those working with Hewlett Packard equipment.
Shiney Row Campus is also home to the College's Higher Education courses. Sunderland College offer a range of Higher Education qualifications such as Higher National Certificates (HNC's), Higher National Diplomas (HND's) and Foundation Degrees.
The Hylton Campus is the main centre on the north side of the river Wear in Sunderland. For students wishing to train for careers in numerous occupations it offers real life learning facilities, including a £1 million hospitality and catering wing with fully equipped training kitchens.
A recent refurbishment has brought new teaching facilities, workshops and preparation areas for construction courses such as bricklaying, plumbing and joinery, as well as motor vehicle and electrical courses.
Sixth Form Campuses
The College has four Sixth Forms in partnership with local schools. These are St Peter's Sixth Form, Bede Sixth Form, Headways Sixth Form and Usworth Sixth Form.
The Bede Campus is home to both Bede Sixth Form and Headways Sixth Form which is situated close to Sunderland City Centre on Durham Road (A690.
The campus offers the students a lecture theatre, equipped with audio-visual aids. These facilities enable the centre to deliver business and computing courses. In addition to the lecture theatre - the centre has fully equipped science labs and a two-storey learning centre. The campus also includes a Goals Soccer Centre with all-weather 3G 5-a-side pitches.
Bede Sixth Form serves the Sixth Form needs of Sunderland South and currently has a partnership arrangement with Southmoor, Farringdon, Sandhill View, Academy 360, Thornhill and Venerable Bede Schools. Headways Sixth Form which currently has a partnership with Seaham School of Technology, Hetton School and Easington School.
St Peter's Campus
The college's St Peter's Sixth Form campus serves the Sixth Form needs of Sunderland North, and is situated on Charles Street, next to the River Wear and the University of Sunderland. It currently has a partnership arrangement with Monkwearmouth, Hylton Red House and Castle View Schools. Whilst these partnerships are in operation, the attendance of the Sixth Form is not restricted to those areas. Anyone within range of the centre can attend. The campus was officially opened on 25 November 2008, by Steve Cram, Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.
The college also has a partnership arrangement with Hays Travel that allows it to host a travel agency, Citysun Travel, which helps students get work experience in a real working environment. Managed by an industry professional, Citysun Travel, is open to the public and is ABTA bonded.
In September 2006, Sunderland College opened its brand-new £10 million Usworth Sixth Form campus on Stone Cellar Road in Washington, Tyne and Wear. The campus also won the award for Public Sector Building of the Year at The Journal Landmark Awards. It is on the site of the former Usworth School just of the A195 near the junction with the A194(M) in Usworth and Concord.
Each of the College's centres has its own Independent Learning Centre or ILC in which the students can have access to networked computers, borrow books from the library, or even just find a quiet place to read. Refectories, cafes, shops and common rooms are all available at each of the campuses.
Campuses also include lecture theatres and/or performance stages.
There is also access to the media facilities and libraries of the University of Sunderland.
- Allan Cook CBE, Chief Executive of Cobham plc since 2001, and President of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors (SBAC) from 2007-9
- Lauren Laverne - TV/radio personality and former presenter of the BBC's The Culture Show
- Gareth Pugh - fashion designer
Bede Grammar School for Boys
- John Barnes, Director-General of the City and Guilds of London Institute from 1985–93 and President of the Educational Development Association from 1980-5
- Alan Brien, journalist
- Nicholas Bridgestock, former Labour Party policy advisor, public relations director and spokesman
- Sir David Cairns, a former Lord Justice of Appeal from 1970-7
- Michael Clasper CBE, Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs since 2008, and Chief Executive of BAA plc from 2003-6
- Prof Alan Cowey, Professor of Physiological Psychology at the University of Oxford from 1981–2002, and President of the European Brain and Behaviour Society from 1986-8
- Sir Tom Cowie OBE, transport entrepreneur
- Prof James Craggs, Professor of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Southampton from 1967–81
- Air Vice-Marshal Robert Davis CB, Station Commander of RAF Leuchars from 1975–77 and Commander of British Forces Cyprus from 1980-3
- Derek Foster, Baron Foster of Bishop Auckland, Labour MP for Bishop Auckland from 1979–2005
- Rt Rev David George Galliford, Bishop of Bolton from 1984–91
- George Goldsborough CBE, Professor of Mathematics at King's College, Newcastle on Tyne from 1928–48
- Sydney Goldstein, Mathematics professor at the Victoria University of Manchester and aerodynamicist
- Sir David Harrison CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1984–94 and the University of Keele from 1979–84
- Bryan Hildrew CBE, Managing Director of Lloyd's Register from 1977–85 and President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 1980-1, and the Institute of Marine Engineers from 1983-5
- Austen Laing CBE, Director-General of the British Fishing Federation from 1962–80
- Marcus Lipton CBE, Labour MP for Brixton from 1945–74, then Lambeth Central from 1974-8
- Prof James McFarlane, Professor of European Literature from 1964-82 at the University of East Anglia
- Neville Thurlbeck, chief reporter for News of the World and reporter of the Beckham/Loos affair
- Prof Kenneth Murta, Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield from 1974–94
- David Parfitt, film producer
- David Rock, architect and President of RIBA from 1986-7 and 1995-7
- Prof Derek Rowntree, founder member of the Open University, Professor of Educational Development, retired 2001
- Ian Squires, ITV executive, and Editor of the BBC's Omnibus from 1975–86
- Stanley Stephenson, Ambassador to Panama from 1981-3
- Sir James Taylor MBE, physicist and President of the Institute of Physics from 1966-8
- Prof Alan Woodruff CMG OBE, Wellcome Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine from 1952-81 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Prof John Wright, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics from 1936-66 at the University of St Andrews
- Dave Stewart, Musician, Eurythmics.
- Rod Culbertson, Actor
- Norman Kirtlan, Forensic Artist, local Historian and Author.
- Rowan Atkinson, Comedian, Actor
- Don Airey, Musician,Deep Purple,Whitesnake,Ossy Osbourne..etc
Bede Grammar School for Girls
- Prof Gillian Mann, Notre Dame Professor of English from 1999-2004 at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana
- Dame Louisa Wilkinson CBE, President of the Royal College of Nursing from 1948–50, and former Colonel Commandant of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
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