We are a sixth form college with a fairly traditional curriculum based predominantly on A levels. We are by far the largest provider of A levels in the Solent LEP area. We have 3460 full-time 16-18 students in 2018/19, who are drawn from an area that includes Eastleigh, Hedge End, Fair Oak, Swanmore, Fareham, Romsey, Southampton, the New Forest, Winchester and a wide band of south central Hampshire.
We have excellent relationships with our partner schools and work closely with them in the Eastleigh and Romsey Consortium. To ensure that all the students in our community have appropriate opportunities in terms of level and type of course, we work with Eastleigh College (an FE College on the same road) to provide for their needs.
Ofsted inspected us in February 2010 grading us as “outstanding” in our support for students, leadership and capacity to improve. In 2016 a two day visit by Ofsted resulted in a very positive brief report confirming the previous grades for the College. This year we now self assess as “outstanding”.
One year after leaving the College 75% of eligible students have started degree courses at universities and other degree-awarding institutions. 63 students were offered places at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the past 4 years (2016-19). The College has strong links with HE providers in the county and has enhanced arrangements with Southampton University, Portsmouth University, Southampton Solent University and the University of Winchester. Art students often stay at the College for a third year to take the Foundation Diploma sponsored by UAL (University of Arts, London). Sports and Business students can take a third year at College to study an HNC.
98% of our students are aiming for courses at level 3. About a third of our students study applied general qualifications or a combination of these with A levels. Most students study 3 A levels, a few 4. We encourage them to take an Extended Project in the second year and all students are encouraged to think about how their curriculum can be broadened and enriched to prepare them for their future plans. There is, as a result, a very wide range of supporting courses and qualifications which we call Q-XTRA. They include employability and work experience, opportunities to show leadership, sports, music and drama, volunteering and community work etc.
In sport Barton Peveril consistently has some of the most successful teams in the county and regular success at the British Colleges’ competition. Two former College students achieved medals at the London Olympics. We also have lively Drama, Dance and Music groups. One former student won the Mercury Prize and another was nominated for it. Departments organise many regular trips, in the UK and abroad.