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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning

History of Collingwood

Collingwood College was created in 1971 through the amalgamation of Bagshot County Secondary School, Barossa County Secondary School and Frimley and Camberley Grammar School. Collingwood is now one of the biggest schools in Surrey and one of the country’s largest Technology Colleges (TC) with nearly 1800 students on roll.

In 1991 the school’s application for Grant Maintained Status was overwhelmingly supported by parents following unanimous votes in favour by the Governing Body.

In September 1994 Collingwood College became a Self-Governing Technology College. Successful phases of Technology College extension funding were granted in September 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2007. The additional funding resulting from the acquisition of TC status has been used primarily to fund extensive investment in ICT, with the College now having a 1:2 ratio of computers to students, well ahead of the current national average of 1:3.8. The College benefits from a purpose built Sixth Form Centre and a fully networked ICT system with fast Broadband internet access, Electronic Registration and electronic whiteboards.

From September 2005, the College was accredited as a centre for the delivery of the ECDL Programme.

Following a successful Ofsted inspection in March 2007, the College was designated as a High-Performing Specialist School (HPSS) and, with effect from 1 April 2008, took on a second specialism in Vocational Education, building on its past successes with a range of initiatives in this area. The College is a leading member of the Surrey Heath Area Partnership for Education, (SHAPE) the local 14-19 age group network and the 2015 Partnership. 

It is important to note that there is no Further Education provision in Surrey Heath, which has led the College to seek to extend the range of its vocational offer in recent years. There is, however, strong competition for post-16 students from the aggressively marketed Farnborough Sixth Form College, whilst Farnborough College of Technology (FCOT) is the nearest institution of its type. FCOT retains associate membership of SHAPE and there is a good working relationship between our two institutions.

On 1 July 2011 the College entered the latest phase of its development, becoming the first High Performing Specialist Academy in Surrey Heath. This new independent status was again supported overwhelmingly by parents and unanimously by Governors, with the aim of further developing the College towards an Outstanding assessment at our next Ofsted inspection.

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