News & Events

  • Student accepted onto prestigious programme to support with Oxbridge entry

    A Bilborough College student has been accepted onto a prestigious programme that aims to help more young black and mixed race people get into Oxbridge universities.

    Tatenda Mapfaira has been selected to be part of the Target Oxbridge initiative, which is open to students across the country who are in Year 12. The 17-year-old heard about the programme from a relative who is a lawyer.

    She said: “His company works doing outreach and he told me about Target Oxbridge. I am hoping to study Medicine at an Oxbridge university so I decided to apply. I filled in an application and then there was an interview; we were sent three articles and we had to research and talk about them via Skype, we were also asked questions about them.

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  • Student awarded national prize for A Level Geography coursework

    A Bilborough College student was awarded a national prize for her A-level Geography coursework in a special ceremony that was held online due to current social distancing restrictions.

    Charlotte Parrish, 18, won the Geographical Association’s NEA (coursework) Proposal National Award and was due to be presented with her prize at the GA’s Annual Conference in April.

    However, due to the Coronavirus lockdown the conference was streamed ‘live’ on YouTube and her award was announced as part of the proceedings. She won a £100 Amazon voucher and will receive a certificate through the post.

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  • Covid-19 Student FAQ’s

    Q. Now that the exams are cancelled, how will the grades going to be allocated? Are predicted grades going to be used?  Will my mock exam results be the grade I will be given? Will I need to provide evidence (e.g. folder/marked work) for me to be given a grade?

    A. The government have said they will publish details about how they intend to award grades for A levels and BTECs on Friday 20th March. Until we have this information, we cannot say whether predicted grades will be used. Having said that, any predicted grades that teachers give would be based on a whole range of things:  assessment results, homework records, etc.

    Q. Do I still need to complete coursework?

    A. It is still unclear as to how grades will be awarded so until it is announced tomorrow, it would be sensible to keep working on your coursework until the guidance has been given from the government

    Q. Will there be any internal (college) assessments for us to revise for to give predicted grades? Do we need to keep doing work to provide evidence for a predicted grade? Do I still need to keep revising?

    A. No. There are no plans for staff to give predicted grades based on work beyond this point.

    Q. How will I know whether I have been accepted on my university course? What if I am still awaiting interviews/auditions/offers? How will universities decide on who is going to be accepted on a course if they are over-subscribed?

    A. This information may vary for different universities.  Please go to their websites to get this information

    Q. If I do not get the grade I think I deserve, is there an appeals process?

    A. There is no information currently available to answer this question. We will update this document when we know more.

    Q. Are employers/apprenticeships/universities going to take results seriously if we got ‘awarded grades’ rather than sitting exams for the result? Will these be classed as real A levels/BTECs?

    A. We understand that they will be treated as any other year’s qualification.

    Q. Is college refunding college bus payments?

    A. If you use college buses you will receive an email by Friday 20th March

    Q. I am a bursary student. Will I still get financial support?

    A. You have been sent an email with details of payments that will be made to you. These will continue until college reopens and up to the planned end of year date for year 13s.

    Q. When do I return my library books and collect the £60 deposit?

    A. The logistics of this are yet to be sorted.  It will be communicated with you in the coming weeks but this is likely to be linked to the Leavers Event (details to follow)

    If you have any further questions, please email [email protected]

    What is the situation for applicants

    As you know, it has been announced that UK schools and colleges will close until further notice, and that GCSE examinations will not be taking place. We fully understand that this is an anxious time for all of you and we wanted to assure you that we are working hard to ensure that your progression to Bilborough for the next academic year is as smooth as possible.

    Induction taster days
    We have scheduled taster days for all applicants for 9th and 10th July (Induction A) and 13th and 14th July (Induction B). We do not know yet if these days will be able to go ahead – we will notify you as soon as we have made a firm decision.

    Enrolment to college
    We have scheduled our main enrolment days for 20th and 21st August, immediately following GCSE results day, and we hope that these days will go ahead as planned. As you know, students must meet minimum entry requirements to study with us and specific criteria for certain courses. At the moment, given the government’s commitment to award GCSE grades to all Y11 students, we anticipate that this day will run as normal. Once we get the information from the Department of Education about how the grades are to be awarded, we will confirm or amend this arrangement.

    We wish you, your friends, your schools and your families the very best during this difficult period and we look forward to welcoming you here in September.




  • Students celebrate success in national Maths competition

    Students from Bilborough College are waiting to find out if they have made it to the national final of this year’s UK Senior Team Maths Challenge trophy.

    Sebastian Wright, Charlotte Jones, James Goodliffe and Liam Holland finished second in the regional final, which was held at the University of Nottingham and run jointly by the UK Mathematics Trust and the Further Maths Support Network.

    The team that finished first goes through to the national final but judges told the team from Bilborough College that they will be informed soon if they have done enough to secure a place at the event.

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  • Bilborough College student is kickboxing World Champion – a year after taking up the sport

    A student at Bilborough College is celebrating after winning Gold at the kickboxing Unified World Championships in Italy – despite only taking up the sport a year ago.

    Megan Hately, of Awsworth, was representing GB at the competition in Carrera where she claimed Gold in the continuous category, Bronze in the points category and Gold in the team points category.

    The 17 year old, who is studying A-levels in English Literature and Philosophy and a BTEC in Public Services, took kickboxing up a year ago after switching from Taekwondo.

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  • Bilborough Sixth Form College becomes member of new Multi-Academy Trust.

    Bilborough Sixth Form College has become a founding member of a new Multi-Academy Trust.

    Following an extensive consultation period, the college has joined the Better Futures Multi-Academy Trust (BFMAT), which has been designed with sixth form colleges in mind and is sponsored by Coventry University. Its first member college, King Edward VI in Nuneaton, joined in January 2019.

    This move is intended to safeguard the College’s future and to preserve the distinctive Sixth Form College experience for students. To qualify for membership of the Trust, the Corporation of Bilborough Sixth Form College has been dissolved in order that Bilborough Sixth Form College can convert to a 16-19 academy and join the Trust.

    The name, identity, location, values, vision and mission of Bilborough Sixth Form College will remain the same. Students will remain registered at Bilborough Sixth Form College, accessing the same provision in the same location and the college will still be headed by its own principal. Teachers will continue to teach at Bilborough Sixth Form College only and staff terms and conditions will remain the same.

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  • Pupils in Nepal eat meals at school for the first time thanks to Bilborough College students

    Pupils in Nepal are enjoying meals at their primary school for the first time thanks to a group of students and staff from Bilborough College.

    Twenty-eight students and staff spent two weeks in Nepal this summer and before setting off they raised £4,780, with the support of a local charity, to pay for the construction of a new school kitchen at a local primary school.

    Previously, children at the school were not given meals and many of them often struggled to concentrate or fainted in lessons due to the lack of food.

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  • Our Open Days 2019 – 2020

    Our Open Days for 2019 – 2020 are on:

    Saturday 12 October 2019                           10.00am – 2.00pm

    Wednesday 13 November 2019                    4.00pm – 7.00pm

    Saturday 14 March 2020                              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!

    You can view the Open Day Brochure via the link below:

    Bilborough Open Day Brochure

    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. At each event, a presentation is given by the Principal and there is an opportunity to ask questions followed by a tour of the college. Unlike our open days, spaces are limited on these events so we request that you book to reserve a place.

    Tours take place on a number of Wednesdays throughout the year – we will update the link below when spaces are available for booking. Please use the link below to see the dates and book a tour.

    https://bookwhen.com/bilborough




  • Students at Bilborough College quiz MP Anna Soubry

    Students at Bilborough Sixth Form College quizzed MP Anna Soubry on topics ranging from Brexit to sixth form funding during a question and answer session.

    The Tory MP for Broxtowe visited the college after receiving an email from student Tilly Wring, 18, asking about further education funding.

    Tilly said she was delighted that Anna had responded by coming in to Bilborough College to answer students’ questions.

    She said: “My parents are both lecturers and they’ve had a lot of issues with changes in funding at universities and it’s a lot worse at colleges. 16-18 education funding is dire and is unsustainable. I emailed Anna to express my concerns as a constituent and I wanted to talk to her about that and she offered to come in. I think this was a really great opportunity and I’m really pleased she agreed to do it.”

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  • Number of Oxbridge offers on the increase again at Bilborough College

    Bilborough Sixth Form College has seen the number of students receiving conditional offers from Oxbridge universities reach its highest percentage for three years.

    Just over a third of students who applied have been offered places at a range of colleges at Oxford and Cambridge universities on courses including Engineering, English Literature, Chemistry, Biochemistry, PPE, Modern Languages and Music.

    Thirteen students out of 39 – or 33 per cent –  who applied to Oxford and Cambridge have received conditional offers – the highest percentage for the last three years.

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