Collyer's - offering outstanding education and choice

AN inspiring learning environment where students reach their full potential as they develop personally as well as academically.

That is what you will find at Collyer’s, the Horsham college that can proudly boast of being the only `outstanding’  sixth form college in the whole of East and West Sussex.

As a specialist in post 16 education it offers an enviable breadth of curriculum and huge range of subjects – with more than 40 A Levels ranging from art, biology and classics to psychology, Spanish and travel services, and everything in between.

Exam pass rates are constantly above the national average and amongst the highest in the region.

Collyer’s provides the perfect stepping stone between school and university or employment. Students are encouraged to develop their independence and test their individual self motivation and ability to manage their time effectively, within a supportive environment. Strong pastoral support is age appropriate, helping pupils progress to the next stage, be it university or employment.

Collyer’s is home to around 1800 pupils – 60 per cent from Horsham and surrounding villages, the rest from Surrey, the South Coast and Haywards Heath. Adding to the diversity of students catered for at the Hurst Road site are around 50 international fee paying students and, in connection with the QEII school, a number of ASDAN students developing skills for learning, employment and life. It also works with private schools including Christ’s Hospital and Rikkyo.

Wherever you go within the campus students are engaged in their studies – whether that is in lessons or during study periods and breaks. There is a real sense they want to learn, progress and develop. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Students appear relaxed and happy – even as they wait outside the exam hall!

Principal Sally Bromley said: “Collyer’s offers a wonderful buzz provided by the students who are questioning, working hard and joining together for enrichment activities. There is a real strength in numbers here. We have a real sense of community, where each person is valued so they flourish and achieve their own full potential.”

Collyer’s, the College of Richard Collyer, to give it it’s full name, is a non-selective college and is proud to say that whatever GCSEs pupils arrive with it can offer them curriculum options where they will succeed.

Collyer’s is steeped in history – it has been around nearly 500 years and on its current site for almost 160. It still has strong links with the Mercers’ Company who founded the college in 1532 – there are four Mercer governors, they offer financial support to enhance teaching and learning as well as help with capital building projects.

Despite its history Collyer’s doesn’t stand still, new multi-million pound buildings are constantly adding to the amazing facilities and opportunities for students, while upgrades to existing facilities take place to ensure the college constantly evolves to meet modern learning standards. The entire site now offers Wi-Fi, meaning students can study using their own computers and tablets anywhere within college. The latest upgrade will see the library extended and refurbished to create more study space for students. It is open until 7.30pm daily to meet their needs.

Teaching areas are inspiring. Traditional classrooms and laboratories sit alongside a modern media suite, television studio, music suite, recording studio, performance areas, dedicated art studios displaying amazing works by incredibly talented students and travel and tourisms’ very own plane, dubbed `Collyair’!

Sports features strongly, with both the netball and rugby teams the reigning county champions. This year Collyer’s is launching sports academies in rugby, netball and basketball, led by specialist coaches who are experts and leaders in their sport. The modern sports hall also has a fitness suite, free to all students, as well as teaching spaces.

Common rooms provide space to study, chat and relax, while the canteen is a social hub.

Duckering Hall is a modern theatre space complete with retractable seating and state of the art sound and lighting, allowing ambitious performances of all types to take place.

Extra-curricular clubs and activities are vibrant and diverse, providing something for everyone to get involved in.

Collyer’s still operates a traditional house system, with eight houses led by a head of house who is responsible for the pastoral support and discipline of the pupils within it. Class sizes range from 10 to about 22 depending on the subject.

Attendance is registered electronically, meaning parents can check in real time whether their child has turned up for a lesson. Parents can also access an online mark book to follow their child’s progress.

Helping students make the right choices about future careers or education is a vital part of Collyer’s work. Aside from traditional careers and university advice, it also stages a host of fairs and events to show students the wide variety of careers and apprenticeships that are available post A Level. About 72 per cent of pupils go onto university and about 30 per cent of those go to Russell Group universities.

Summing up Collyer’s appeal Ms Bromley said: “If you are looking for post 16 sixth form provision we have got the OFSTED badge of excellence that is externally judged, measured and bench marked against other national institutions, against all aspects of  our provision. It is not just about results.”

Note from the Head

Founded in 1532 by the Mercer Richard Collyer, The College of Richard Collyer or Collyer’s is one of the country’s leading Sixth Forms. Idyllically situated within the market town of Horsham, the OFSTED Outstanding Grade 1 College has an impressive, traditional and picturesque build that complements its rich heritage.

Collyer’s offers a wide ranging academic programme, including an extensive range of A-level subjects. Vocational Courses and BTEC level 2 and 3 options are also available to choose from.

The College’s facilities are outstanding. The Library, updated in the summer of 2016, boats cutting edge research tools. The travel and tourism students now use a real aircraft cabin to aid their studies and recent developments have included a new photography studio and digital apple mac classroom facility. In the spring of 2016 the college updated the sports centre and opened the new £2m Graham Baird Building, comprising ASDAN, business, economics and law classroom facilities.

Collyer’s encourages students to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities outside of the classroom, as a way to enhance and broaden their skill set and explore new areas of interest. Sporting excellence is visible in each of the College’s teams and in 2016 the college launched sports academies in basketball, netball and rugby.

Students can also take part in a comprehensive performing arts timetable, comprising dance, music and drama. Collyer’s students orchestrate RAG week and support a number of local charities with fund-raising activities. Leading business figures also support the college for its annual ‘Challenge of Management’ event.

The College of Richard Collyer flourishes under an ethos of ‘educating for excellence’. It is regarded as a “magnet” college as its wide geographic appeal has attracted students from across the region and over 50 students annually travel from abroad to study at Collyer’s.

Sally Bromley


“I liked the broader subject choice that was available at Collyer’s, and the ability to match any subjects with each other without having to worry about timetabling. Collyer’s has taught me a sense of self-dependence and responsibility that I could not have gained if I went to other colleges.”
Harrison Russell-Owers, p
revious school St Wilfred’s. Studying: A levels in Maths, Physics and Geology

“I would recommend Collyer’s. The environment is nice and the teachers are friendly. There is a really good support structure here, pastorally as well as in lessons. I hope to take my BTEC Sport into the uniformed services or perhaps physical instruction after I leave Collyer’s, but for now I can honestly say I am really enjoying the experience.”
Owain McLoughlin, p
revious school Oakmead College. Studying: BTEC Sport Level 3 (double) and AS Law

“I chose to study at Collyer’s because of its past experience in receiving international students as well as the wide range of subject choices available. The resources and library were appealing to me. My favourite subject is Government and Politics because the lessons are engaging with passionate teachers. I have learnt to participate more in class discussions and communicate with people from all different backgrounds.”
Christy Un, previous school Macau Anglican College. Studying: A levels in History, Maths and Government and Politics

School news

16th May 2018
Collyer’s Men’s rugby team came back from 13-0 down to win the final of the AOC Sport National Rugby Union Cup this week. Having beaten the Premiership side Exeter Chief’s Academy team in the semi’s, the team arrived for the Birmingham final against Peterborough Regional College in confident ... more
24th Jan 2018
Last Friday Collyer’s welcomed Jeremy Quin MP to the college, for a session with students focussing on employability. Jeremy took part in a Q&A with over 140 students and gave a candid and fascinating insight into life in the House of Commons, together with advice about how students can be ... more
28th Dec 2017
Canon Guy Bridgewater and St Mary’s Parish Church, on the Causeway in Horsham, hosted the Collyer’s annual Christmas Concert. The packed congregation enjoyed a wonderful evening of festive music and readings by students and staff. The evening began with Canon Guy Bridgewater’s welcome and ... more
8th Nov 2017
This week Collyer’s presented bursaries to 10 new students, in recognition of their outstanding results at school. Bursaries were awarded to a student from each of the key local partner schools and to students achieving top grades from schools north, south, east and west of Horsham.   Oliver ... more
1st Nov 2017
This week Collyer’s welcomed Harlequins rugby star Ross Chisolm to the college. Ross, who plays wing and full-back for the leading Premiership side, has joined the Collyer’s Rugby Academy Coaching staff and will work closely with Rugby Coach, Glen Jones, widely regarded as one of the best in ... more
11th Oct 2017
A record 24 students from Collyer’s have successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition.  This represents the highest number of students to have completed the award in one single year!   James Gordon, Head of Faculty for Business, Sport and Social Sciences manages the ... more
23rd Aug 2017
Collyer’s students who have been studying EYE (Early Years Education) at level 2 and 3 have enjoyed a graduation ceremony at the college, recognising their significant achievements over the past year. Hosted by EYE Subject Leader Debbie Mollart, the students received certificates from Collyer’s ... more
17th Aug 2017
The College of Richard Collyer has yet again achieved superb results! Students have excelled with an A-level pass rate at an astonishing 99%, with 57% achieving grades at A*/B.      In a number of A-level subjects the results are particularly outstanding. Further Maths posted a 100% pass ... more
11th Aug 2017
A record of just over 100 Collyer’s students got a taste of the real world of business at the Challenge of Management 2017, run by the Ofsted Outstanding sixth form college at the 5 star South Lodge Hotel. The popular and successful event is a key part of the college’s progression initiative ... more
18th Jul 2017
Collyer’s students who have been studying EYE (Early Years Education) at level 2 and 3 have enjoyed a graduation ceremony at the college, recognising their significant achievements over the past year. Hosted by EYE Subject Leader Debbie Mollart, the students received certificates from ... more
27th Jun 2017
Collyer’s have been meeting with industry experts to plan the Challenge of Management 2017 next month. The popular and successful event forms part of the Ofsted outstanding college’s much admired progression work and gives students a taste of the real world of business management. The ... more
22nd Jun 2017
Collyer’s teachers journeyed to Royal Holloway, University of London to take part in the 2017 ‘S7’ Teaching and Learning Conference. The ‘S7’ (originally the ‘Surrey Seven’) is a consortium of sixth form colleges in the south east who invited Collyer’s to join in 2013. The S7 group ... more
31st May 2017
Students from Collyer’s have enjoyed a record year at the annual British Biology Olympiad 2017. Beating off stiff competition from thousands of contestants across the UK, the Collyer’s students won 3 gold, 2 silver and 7 bronze medals. In addition, 13 Collyer’s students received Society of ... more
16th May 2017
At the Annual Sports Awards Ceremony, successful Collyer’s students have been rewarded for their 2016/17 achievements at the Ofsted Outstanding college. The Duckering Hall event was attended by students, teachers and other members of the Collyer’s community. Collyer’s were also delighted to ... more
16th May 2017
The Collyer’s community welcomed the parents of students who are coming to the Ofsted Outstanding college from across the region. The evening comprised presentations from Principal Sally Bromley, the senior management team and current students, to help the next generation of students ... more
16th May 2017
Collyer’s students have been performing an eclectic range of pieces to packed audiences in Duckering Hall, to raise money for their presentation of The Tempest, which will certainly be one of the must-see plays at the forthcoming Horsham Festival 2017. The shows were organised by Collyer’s ... more
9th May 2017
The Collyer’s community welcomed the parents of students who are coming to the Ofsted Outstanding college from across the region. The evening comprised presentations from Principal Sally Bromley, the senior management team and current students, to help the next generation of students settle-in ... more
24th Apr 2017
Psychology students from Collyers have just returned from a three-day visit to London, where they explored psychology related themes at the Science Museum, London Zoo and the National History Museum. In addition, the group took part in a Jack the Ripper Walk, during which the students deepened ... more

Coming events

Year 10 Open Evening
Thursday, 12th July 2018
Time: 18.30 - 21.00
Location: Hurst Road, RH12 2EJ, Horsham

School details

Address: Hurst Road, RH12 2EJ, Horsham
Phone: 01403 210822
Head: Sally Bromley
Founded: 1532
Pupils: 1750
Ages: 16 - 19
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