Coalville is well situated for easy access to the M1 and M42 motorways. This ex-mining community has seen grown in recent years with industrial developments on the outskirts of the town and new businesses such as British Midland, Canon, Pall-Ex, Morrisons, Asda, and large distribution and engineering companies moving to the area. The designation of the area as part of the National Forest, and easy access to Birmingham and East Midlands Airports, has given a stimulus to expansion in careers in tourism in the district.
Comprehensive Education in Coalville
In October 2012 the College became a single convertor Academy, committed to national terms and conditions for teaching staff and local NJC terms for support staff.
The College, is an all-ability, co-educational 14-19 Upper School & Specialist College within the Leicestershire plan for Secondary and Community Education. (Years 10-13). Since Autumn 2005 we have been a specialist college for Science and Sport, with Mathematics as a third subject.
There are currently 946 students on roll of whom approximately 260 are in the Sixth Form, Years 12 and 13.
The College catchment area covers the town itself, within which there are two High Schools, Newbridge, and Castle Rock, which is on the same campus as the College. Some students also transfer from Ibstock Community College and South Charnwood High School dependent on where they live.
Buildings and Facilities
The buildings are imposingly designed on a steeply sloping site overlooking the playing fields and town. The accommodation is distributed between a number of separate specialist and general-purpose buildings. Science is separate and all Design subjects are taught in one purpose-built centre which includes a state of the art hair and beauty salon. There is a large detached Assembly Hall and stage, behind which are Music and Performing Arts rooms. There is a fully equipped Theatre, and Library/Resource area and many large ICT rooms.
Other teaching areas are in the main blocks, one of which houses Modern Languages along with a suite of rooms for the Mathematics Faculty these are equipped with interactive whiteboards. The other block houses the Social Studies Faculty and English in addition to the Administrative offices and staff room. Many of the rooms are accessible by stairs. At present there is not a lift at the College. Extensive playing fields are complemented by the provision of a Sports Hall, a covered, heated Swimming Pool, a separate fitness suite, hard court and a floodlit, all weather playing area.
The 6th Form (Years 12 and 13) have a separate Sixth Form Centre which has a computer study area, social area, the College fitness centre and a sports/science laboratory.
Our Pastoral and Progress Leaders in years 10 and 11, are responsible for the progress, both academic and social, of all students within each year group. There is also a Head and assistant head of Post-16. It is expected of all colleagues that they are fully involved in a caring capacity and that through their tutorial role, they co-operate in the working of a supportive structure which enables both effective learning and optimum social development. In this context all tutors are involved in the planning and teaching of the Social and Personal Development course to their own tutor group. This also applies to the 6th Form tutorial programme.
The Art of Brilliance™
King Edward VII students are leading on a project called ‘The Art of Brilliance’. This is directly aimed at raising aspirations. It is part of an NCSL / Teaching School Narrowing the Gap research project. This is providing significant support for other schools and attracting great excitement and support from local businesses. Over 300 Year 9 students attended a pre-admission conference led by the students at the Leicester City Football ground to launch the Art of Brilliance in 2011. This was repeated in 2012 with sponsorship from a local business- management and pharmaceutical company. We aim to motivate our students to “become brilliant” and instil in them values and aspirations that will serve them well in the world of work.
The college works in close collaboration with all secondary and primary schools in North West Leicestershire to ensure students have a challenging, enjoyable and coherent curriculum. The curriculum is organised on a faculty basis – comprising the faculties of: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Design, ICT, PE, MFL and Performing Arts. All KS4 students currently pursue, as part of the core curriculum, English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Double or Triple Science, a Social Studies subject, PE, Religious Studies/Citizenship, Social and Personal development and three additional subjects of their choice.
The College has an excellent Learning Support Department that provides expertise and support for teaching and learning for special needs students.
Post 16 provision includes AS and A2 levels, BTEC First and BTEC National and limited opportunities to retake GCSE.
The College and its community
The College is an “Extended School” and provides facilities for adults and the community in the evening. In addition there is very extensive and regular public use of the whole College including the Sports Hall and Swimming Pool and facilities. There are strong links with local High Schools and the Special School which shares the campus. Children from the Special School have some of their lessons timetabled in the College Design and science faculties, some taught by College staff. The local School Sports Partnership is based at the College and primary schools make good use of our facilities.
- Be committed to a principle of equal value and to Comprehensive Education in its broadest sense.
- Wish to be involved actively in fostering relationships with parents, employers and the community at large.
- Have a positive, enthusiastic attitude to work and life in general.
- Should be prepared to work in a caring climate and to contribute positively to the extension of that atmosphere through the relationships they develop with young people.
- Be able to work co-operatively with other members of the College and catchment area High Schools in evaluating and developing consistent and effective courses which allow for a continuity of broad education experience.
- Be prepared to teach the full ability range and to produce resource materials to meet the individual teaching needs of all students. Lesson planning is at the heart of our improvements.
- Be willing to contribute to supportive and collaborative evaluation, at an individual and institutional level, in order to enhance the quality of learning and to extend their own professional development and career opportunities.
- Candidates are informed that King Edward VII Science and Sport College is a no smoking campus.