Inspiring European Citizenship through Educational Technology
Erasmus+ Key Action II Strategic Partnership for School Education
Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Wilberforce Sixth Form College, Saltshouse Road, Hull, UK
Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union
Cathy Johnson. Curriculum Director
I took up the positon of Head of Social Sciences at Wilberforce Sixth Form College in 2008 . Previously I had been Head of Social Science Department and Citizenship Coordinator at a large Mixed Comprehensive school in North Doncaster. My current post of Curriculum Director at Wilberforce College involves directing the Tutorial programme. Throughout my career I have always been involved in the area of Citizenship and am delighted to be involved in this joint research project to the benefit of students of all ages.
Wilberforce Sixth Form College opened its doors
to approximately 600 full-time students back in
September 1988. The idea for two dedicated sixth
form colleges in Hull serving 16-19 year olds in the
area was the brainchild of local councillor Max Bird,
who was an original governor at Wilberforce.
The College really started to grow in 2000 when it
increased its curriculum to include vocational
studies. The wide variety of courses offered
boosted student numbers up to over 1000.
Numbers continued to rise over the following 12
years during a period of significant curriculum
changes and building development, including
award-winning teaching blocks, massive renovation
of social areas and the installation of a cutting-edge
Multi-Use Games Area. Over 1450 students now
study a variety of qualifications and subjects at the
college, including A levels, BTECs, and
City & Guilds.
In 2011, Wilberforce College became the only sixth form establishment
offering 14-16 education in the country after taking on a number of
GCSE students from a local school that had closed down.
The college has an excellent reputation for sending students to
Oxbridge universities. Many students have secured places at either
Cambridge or Oxford. This is done through the college's dedicated
Oxbridge support programme, “Inspire”, and is a spectacular
achievement for a state-funded college like Wilberforce.
Due to our name, Wilberforce College has strong links with Freetown in
Sierra Leone, and was heavily involved in the bicentennial celebrations
of the life and legacy of William Wilberforce in 2007. During this time an
aspiring musician, Barmmy Boy, travelled over from Sierra Leone to
spend time at the college and learn more about life as student in Hull.
Wilberforce College took over buildings that were originally used for
Saltshouse Secondary School over 50 years ago, but way before that
the site was an Iron-Age settlement. This historic discovery was first
made in the 1960s when a history teacher looked out of a window across
the rain-sodden playing fields and noticed settlement lines in the grass.
Since then, a number of digs have taken place with Humber Field
Archaeology at the helm and scores of historic artefacts have been
unearthed which have helped fill in gaps in the knowledge of this area's
In 1992, Wilberforce College became the first college in the country to
use an electronic registration system.
OUR CORE VALUES:
We conduct ourselves with integrity and respect for all
We make students' experience central
We value individuals and promote self-esteem
We work as a team
We encourage innovation, creativity and enjoyment
We aim for excellence in everything we do