Newham Sixth Form College


Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is a sixth form college located in the East London borough of Newham. Situated on a single site in Plaistow, the college was established in 1992 to provide for students in Newham and neighbouring boroughs who opt to stay in education beyond GCSE O-levels. It is designed for students ages 16 to 19 and its curriculum includes A-levels as well as specialist pathway, levels 2 and 3 vocational, foundation level and ESOL programmes. There are currently about 2,500 students at the college.[2]

Newham Sixth Form College
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Prince Regent Lane

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E13 8SG

Coordinates51°31′20″N 0°01′49″E / 51.5223°N 0.0304°E / 51.5223; 0.0304Coordinates: 51°31′20″N 0°01′49″E / 51.5223°N 0.0304°E / 51.5223; 0.0304
TypeSixth form college
Local authorityNewham
Department for Education URN130452 Tables
PrincipalMandeep Gill
Enrolment2,500 (2018)[1]


A school was first opened on the site as the municipal Plaistow Secondary School in 1926.[3][4] In 1945 this became Plaistow Grammar School (later known as Plaistow County Grammar School)[5] which in 1972 merged with Faraday Secondary Modern School to become Cumberland Comprehensive School.[6]

After Cumberland moved and the borough of Newham adopted a sixth form re-organised education system, the Newham Sixth Form College was established and opened its doors to students in September 1992. Student numbers grew rapidly, increasing from 750 in the first year to over 2,000 in the 2002/3 academic year[7] and more than 2,500 in 2009/10.[8]

The college was led from 1991 to 2008 by Sid Hughes, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Teaching Awards of 2005[9] and was awarded an honorary degree by University of East London upon his retiring from NewVIc.[10] Eddie Playfair served as principal from 2008 to end of Spring 2018.[11][12] Mandeep Gill began as principal in 2018.[13][14]


The college offers a range of A-levels, an Honours programme, specialist pathways, level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.[15][16][17]


NewVIc sends more disadvantaged students to university than any other sixth-form provider in England. The college is also ranked by the Sutton Trust as being in the top 5% of high performing sixth forms in England, in progressing students from disadvantaged backgrounds to university.[18]


The college invested £6m in a new building on Prince Regent Lane, which includes a new reception, theatre and cafe.[citation needed]


NewVIc’s Sports Academy is one of four London colleges that have been accredited with Sports Leadership status by national charity, Sports Leaders UK.[19] The college was awarded £70,000 by Sport England FE Activation Fund for increasing capacity over three years, including a specific focus on disability provision and leadership.[20] This has resulted in significant success for a number of sports including cricket.[21]

In 2019, the college received its best ever results which saw more students achieving A* - B grades in A Levels and more than 50% of BTEC students achieving Triple Distinction* in Level 3 Extended Diplomas.[22] It was also graded overall as ‘Good’ by Ofsted and recognised as ‘Outstanding’ for its provision of Personal Development, Welfare and Behaviour in January 2019.[23]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Newham Sixth Form College | Reviews and Catchment Area".
  2. ^ "Newham Sixth Form College | Reviews and Catchment Area".
  3. ^ "British History Online; West Ham – Education, A history of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (pp. 144-157) – Secondary and senior schools founded before 1945". University of London & History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  4. ^ "West Ham's Timeline". Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  5. ^ Priestley, Harold. Plaistow Sec: The Story of a School. pp. 92–93.
  6. ^ "Leading education and social research". Institute of Education, University of London. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Performance tables 2003". Department for Education. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Performance Tables 2010". Department for Education. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Teaching Awards 2005 winner - London". Teaching Awards Trust. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Alumni Enewsletter Jan '09 - 2008 Graduation Ceremonies". University of East London. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Speakers 2012". Wellington College. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Newham Sixth Form College - Corporation - Minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2018" (pdf). 26 March 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  13. ^ "History of NewVIc". Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  14. ^ "New principal and CEO for Newham Sixth Form College is appointed". 6 June 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  15. ^ Jeffery. G. (2005). The Creative College: building a successful learning culture in the arts. Trentham Books.
  16. ^ Association of Colleges (2015). Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc). [online] Available at: [Accessed 4 December. 2014].
  17. ^ "Newham Sixth Form College". Department for Education. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  18. ^ Nea, B. (2012). Response to the Mayor's Education Inquiry. [online] London: Race on the Agenda (ROTA). Available at: Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine [Accessed 24 November 2014].
  19. ^ Atwal, K. (2014). Newham sixth form college commended for developing leadership skills. [online] Newham Recorder. Available at: [Accessed 4 December 2014].
  20. ^ Atwal, K. (2014). Former Forest Gate student inspired by meeting the Duchess of Cambridge. [online] Newham Recorder. Available at: [Accessed 4 November 2014].
  21. ^ "Wins for Leyton and Newvic in latest Chance to Shine round". 25 November 2016.
  22. ^ "Results". Newham Sixth Form College. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  23. ^ "NewVIc achieves Ofsted outstanding". Newham Sixth Form College. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  24. ^ Rayner, Gordon; Bingham, John (2 November 2010). "Stephen Timms stabbing: how internet sermons turned quiet student into fanatic". The Daily Telegraph. London.

External linksEdit

  • Official website