News & Events

  • Students debate complexities of Brexit with Labour MP

    Bilborough College students debated the complexities of Brexit with Labour MP Alex Norris and the co-founder of an organisation dedicated to ensuring that young people’s views on the subject are heard.

    Mr Norris, MP for Nottingham North, joined Femi Oluwole, from Our Future, Our Choice, for a lively question and answer session about Brexit in the refectory at Bilborough College.

    Mr Oluwole said Our Future, Our Choice was campaigning for a second vote on the terms of any deal agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May.

    He said: “I always give the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland as an example. A copy of that was sent to every person and they were given the opportunity to vote on it and that is the democratic way forward. Young people need to be involved and we want to know what their opinions are.”

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  • Open Days 2018-2019

    Our Open Days for 2018/19 are on:

    Saturday 13 October 2018                           10.00am – 2.00pm

    Wednesday 14 November 2018                   4.00pm – 7.00pm

    Saturday 16 March 2019                              10.00am – 1.00pm

    Our open events are designed to give you all the information and advice you need to help you make the right choice for your future so why not take the opportunity to meet our staff and students, as well as have all your questions answered at one of our open days. We look forward to welcoming you!

    If you can’t make our Open Days, then you may like to come to one of our Tour and Talk events instead.

    Tour and Talk Events

    This is a chance for potential students (years 10 and 11) to visit the college and find out more about what we have to offer. A presentation is given by the Principal and there is an opportunity to ask questions followed by a tour of the college. Spaces are limited on Tours and Talks so we request that you book to reserve a place.

    Tours take place on a number of Wednesdays throughout the year – please use the link below to see the dates and book a tour.

    https://bookwhen.com/bilborough




  • Students achieve impressive 98.2% pass rate

    The number of A*-B grades achieved at A-Level by Bilborough College students has risen once again – representing a five per cent increase over the past two years.

    A total of 55 per cent of grades were A*-B, a rise of three per cent from last year and up from 50 per cent in 2016.

    The pass rate was an impressive 98.2 per cent this year, meaning that the pass rate has now either remained at or exceeded 98 per cent for the past 14 years.

    A total of 606 students took A-Levels, including those taking two A-Levels alongside a BTEC Diploma. A total of 502 students took three or more A-Levels and 12 per cent of these gained three or more A and A* grades.

    Chris Bradford, Principal at Bilborough College, congratulated students on their results.

    He said: “Here at Bilborough we’re delighted that once again so many of our students have performed so well. This has to be one of the most important days of the year for us all – students, parents and staff alike. When everyone has worked so hard – and coped so well with the new reformed A Levels – it’s great to see that effort and dedication rewarded with excellent results. Of course, as well a chance to offer congratulations today is also about confirming students’ next steps. We’re looking forward to celebrating with our students when they come to collect their results and wishing all of them well for their exciting futures. Our staff will be offering expert advice to anyone who might want to change their plans either because they’ve done slightly better than they anticipated or, in a few cases, not quite achieved their target grades.”




  • Staff at Bilborough College speak of pride after ex-student wins a BAFTA

    Bilborough College staff have spoken of their pride in ex-student Molly Windsor after she scooped the leading actress honour at the BAFTA TV Awards.

    Molly won the award for her role in Three Girls, a drama about three victims of the Rochdale sex abuse scandal, beating Hollywood actresses Claire Foy and Thandie Newton.

    Collecting the prize from Sherlock star Martin Freeman, Molly, 20, of Breaston, said: “Three Girls was born out of the courage of the real three girls, and the real Holly, Amber and Ruby who told their story over and over and over and told it again to us. I just want to say thank you for recognising how selfless that is and how brave that is.”

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  • New figures show ex-Bilborough College students once again achieve higher classes of degrees

    New figures show that on average ex-Bilborough College students have once again achieved higher classes of degrees than their counterparts from state, independent schools and other sixth form colleges across the UK.

    A total of 87.02 per cent of students from Bilborough College achieved a first or upper second class honours degree at university in the 2016/17 academic year – a rise from last year’s figure of 84.93 per cent.

    This year’s figure compares to 78.62 per cent from sixth form colleges, 76.94 per cent from state schools and 85.80 per cent from independent schools across the country.

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  • 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.”




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