• Our vision for the future

    On 6th February 2018, Bilborough Sixth Form College and Derby College announced initial discussions about a potential merger earmarked for January 2019 were underway, and a merger proposal was to be prepared which would be subject to consultation with all stakeholders from mid-March.

    Consultation on the proposal is now taking place until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 4th May 2018.

    This Consultation Document  presents our exciting vision for the future of Bilborough Sixth Form College and Derby College as a single further and higher education group delivering education and skills training for its communities through its constituent colleges, to be created through our proposal. In the proposed merger Derby College would be the continuing legal entity through its corporation, with a proposed change of corporation name from Derby College Corporation to DCG with effect from the merger date. Bilborough Sixth Form College will maintain its local presence, culture, identity and strong reputation.

    Have your say

    You can take part in the consultation by reading through our Consultation Document and responding to the questions in the electronic questionnaire within the consultation document.

  • Merger Talks Commence

    Bilborough Sixth Form College and the Derby College Group (DCG) have started initial discussions about a potential merger earmarked for January 2019.

    The independent governing bodies of both organisations agreed that a joint Project Steering Group would be formed to progress a merger proposal.

    Senior leaders from Bilborough Sixth Form College and DCG met recently and agreed the timeline for a due diligence process to now be progressed.

    A merger proposal will be prepared which will be subject to consultation with all stakeholders from mid-March 2018.

    Merger discussions follow the report and recommendations of the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Area Review published in August 2017.

    This process is intended to ensure that the further education sector has a strong and sustainable future in terms of efficiency of operation, quality of provision and the responsiveness of courses to the needs of individuals and employers.

    In line with the recommendations, Bilborough Sixth Form College has since been investigating potential partnerships to better secure its long-term financial position.

    The preferred partner was DCG which includes four college campuses – each with their own identity and specialisms – and has extensive experience of successful mergers since its formation in 2002.

    DCG also works with around 3,000 employers through apprenticeship, corporate training and an innovative programme to bridge the gap between education and employment which was acknowledged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

    Bilborough Sixth Form College Principal Chris Bradford explained: “Having investigated several different options, including academisation, we approached DCG and were impressed that the organisation understood what we as a sixth form college do and what makes us distinctive.

    “Our shared vision is that by joining DCG, we will have greater financial sustainability whilst still retaining our identity.

    “Our discussions have very much focused on the opportunities to achieve long-term sustainability and growth for Bilborough and DCG. We can see that sharing good practice and capitalising on our respective strengths will lead to benefits for everyone concerned.

    “The start of merger discussions is therefore a positive step forward and we look forward to working with our counterparts at DCG in the coming months to progress this shared vision.”

    DCG CEO Mandie Stravino continued: “Following the Area Review, we had not been actively seeking a merger but were interested to start discussions with Bilborough Sixth Form College following their approach.

    “We both share many synergies – not least a ‘Good’ grading by Ofsted and a reputation for quality further education provision for our learners and communities.

    “This is the start of a year-long process which will include a detailed due diligence process and extensive consultation amongst a wide range of stakeholders.

    “The early discussions are encouraging that this merger would provide mutual benefit for both organisations and particularly for our current and future students, staff, local communities and regional employers.”

  • Lucas inspired to study medicine after overcoming cancer as a child

    Lucas Burgess (18) of Borrowash got three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths which means he can now study Medicine at the University of Nottingham.

    Lucas felt anxious about getting his A level results, he said:

    “It was very scary this morning knowing I had my results. Usually I just like to put things off. I wanted to get up, have a shower and have my breakfast but my Mum and Dad really wanted me to look at my results. I wasn’t sure whether I had done enough to get into Nottingham. I needed three A grades so I was still really unsure how it would go until I looked at them.

    “Of course when I saw them I was very, very happy. I was shaking; it was more relief than anything. It’s really been on my mind as you spend so much time planning, looking at accommodation and the like but you’re not sure you’ll get what you need to get in.

    “I had to go through quite a rigorous process, doing entrance exams and interviews. I also went on work experience. I spent a few days at the Royal Derby Hospital and then a week at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

    “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bilborough, it was the right choice for me and they have been so supportive and given me lots of help with careers advice and helping me get work experience. They have specialist support for people wanting to apply for medicine and I think if that wasn’t there I wouldn’t have known what to do.”

    The teenager was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 10 and following intensive treatment he went into remission five years ago. (more…)

  • Millie is heading for Cambridge University

    Millie Wheeldon (18) from Ilkeston got three A* grades in English Literature, French and History. She will now study English at Cambridge.

    She said: “I’ve tried not to think about results day so have been just reading lots of books. I was up really early this morning as I heard the email ping through on my phone and saw that I had secured my place. I’m really looking forward to meeting and working with people with similar subject interests and living independently too.”

  • Jasmin’s 4 A* grades secure her place at Cambridge University

    Jasmin Verso (18) of Wollaton received 4 A* grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is going on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.

    She said: “I’ve always had a natural ability for maths and enjoyed sciences. I really enjoy those subjects and knew what I wanted to do. I wasn’t quite expecting the results I got but obviously I’m really happy with them.

    “I didn’t like waiting for my results. I was shaking this morning and thought I’d have to wait but when I picked my phone up my results were already there. I started thinking about going to Cambridge in year 12. The process to get in was quite daunting. I’m really happy to be in to be in and looking forward to going and living independently. I think the degree will help me develop my skills and I’m thinking about possibly going into finance afterwards.”

  • Eloise achieves A* A* A despite losing her college work in a house fire

    A Bilborough College student achieved two A*s and an A grade despite losing two years’ worth of A-level work in a fire which left her homeless a week before her exams were due to start.

    Eloise Siani Djiajkou has been living in temporary accommodation with her family in New Basford, Nottingham, since the blaze broke out in May this year and left their house severely smoke damaged.

    The 18-year-old said she was thrilled with her grades in English Literature, Psychology and French, which mean that she can go on to Nottingham Trent University to study Psychology.

    She said: “I lost all of my notes from every subject, which was hundreds and hundreds of pages and two years of work, because they were damaged by the smoke from the fire, everything was just black. English was really hit and miss for me because I lost my revision notes. The teachers helped me, they spent extra time with me before the exams and gave me lots of notes.

    “Fortunately after the fire I was able to get my Psychology textbook from my house and a lot of what I needed for that exam was online but for my other subjects I had help from my teachers and I literally locked myself in a room and revised. My cat died in the fire too. It was so stressful in the run up to my exams but I knew I just had to do them. (more…)

  • Brexit views aired by Bilborough College students as part of regional campaign

    Students at Bilborough College aired their views on Brexit as part of a regional campaign to ensure that young people’s voices are heard as part of the negotiations.

    Nonsuch Theatre Company, based in Nottingham, visited the college to hear what students had to say about Brexit during a series of workshops as part of the Undivided campaign.

    Following the discussions, students’ views will be digitally submitted and will contribute to a list of top 10 demands from young people which will then be presented to Parliament.


  • Bilborough College students organise fashion show to raise money for Conservation trip

    Two Bilborough College students have organised a fashion show to raise funds for a trip to help conserve marine and wildlife in Sri Lanka.

    Janet Tokitsu, 16, and George Hattersley, 17, will be cleaning rivers, planting trees and working at a turtle hatchery during the three week stay at the end of July, which is being organised by company Travelteer.

    Both students need to raise around £1,600 each to pay for their travel costs and are busy arranging a fashion show at The Vale Social Club in Colwick later this month.


  • Hundreds of Bilborough College students sign up to save a life

    Hundreds of Bilborough College students signed up to potentially save a life during a donor drive session held by a national blood cancer charity.

    Anthony Nolan’s Register & Be a Lifesaver sessions have been running at Bilborough College for six years and during that time 865 students have joined the register – including 124 at a recent session.

    Amy Rogers
    Amy Rogers

    Over the six years there have been three donors from Bilborough College, the most recent being Amy Rogers, 18, of Sherwood. Amy donated her bone marrow in October 2016 after signing up to the register following an R&Be talk at Bilborough College in 2014. She was also the 50th donor from the R&Be programme.


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