Squash Team Success

By Nesta James, Head of Sport & PE, 30 March 2019

The squash team played extremely well in national championships last week. They ended up 5th in the country in Key Stage 5 - and as the highest ranked non-public school in the country.

They lost their first match against Gosforth Academy (the ultimate winners) 1-4, however the girls got together and then won their next two matches beating Wycombe Academy 3-2 and then Aylesbury 4-1.

Every one of the girls ended up winning at least one of their matches and the girls were a real credit to the College with their positive attitude all day, with their friendly approach to everyone, including their opponents during their matches and with the general way in which they approached a tough day!

(L-R - Elli, Georgia, India, Piper and Izzy)

Guest Speaker

By Shelley Johnson, PE Dept., 11 February 2019

The Sports Department was delighted to receive a visit from David Dein MBE, the former vice-chairman of Arsenal Football Club and former vice-chairman of the Football Association. The room was packed; he spoke to well over a hundred students,. He was very engaging and we have had some very positive feedback from students since. David said in turn that our students were a real credit to the college.  He was about to fly off to Rome for the UEFA congress for two days, so it was great that he came to us beforehand.

Heart of the Matter

By Mike Cura, PE Department, 4 February 2019

On 18th December Essex University Masters Student Katherine White attended college to present a practical workshop to all year 1 PE students. The workshop and presentation, which supplemented work done at A Level and introduced students to the potential for university study, involved students using portable gas analysers and heart rate monitors to assess cardiovascular response to exercise.

Squash team success

By Nesta James, Head of Sport and PE department, 20 November 2018

The College squash team has just returned from a successful trip to Aylesbury in the National Schools competition. The women's team (Piper Tatum, India Webb, Elli Barrott, Georgia Smith and Izzy Liddamore) were brilliant in beating Wycombe by 149 to 81 points and Aylesbury 147 - 88.  They now progress to the next round.

India, Elli and Izzy all won their matches 3 - 0 (even though Izzy hasn't played squash for 4 years), Piper won both 2 - 1 and Georgia put up a great fight in both of her matches, narrowly losing 1 - 2 each time.

The students were a real credit to the college and were congratulated by the host's coach on their overall approach to the fixture and how they really worked together as a team.

Sports Round-up

By Nesta James, Head of Sport and PE Department, 20 November 2018

As well as the squash team (above), other College teams are performing well:

Football team

The college’s 1st XI Football team is unbeaten and top of their league.


Another first time  -  the college has won both male and female volleyball  regional AOC competitions which means they have now qualified for the National finals in Nottingham April 2019.

Also qualified for the national finals:

  • Cross country – Danny Millwood and Jo Boden
  • Table Tennis – Arran Hutchinson and Bright Bedding
  • Women’s badminton – Jess Vokes

Sixth Form Netball Team Success!

By Shelley Johnson, Sport dept., 30 April 2018

Colchester Sixth Form College’s First and Second Netball team have both had an outstanding season with both teams winning their respective leagues. The leagues that they played in consisted of teams from the East Region, covering areas such as Kings Lynn, Cambridge and Southend. This year has seen the highest quality netball ever played by a college team.

The first team were undefeated in Division One for the entire season, winning many games by 50 plus goal margins. Their title as League Champions was confirmed with a 5 goal win against main rivals for the league, Hills Road College, Cambridge. 

The second team’s Division Two success came about as a result of a high number of victories; they only lost two matches in the entire league season.  For both the first and second teams this is the first time a team from The Sixth Form have ever won the Easter Region Leagues.

First team players were Zoe Matthewman, Poppy Swain, Amy Wickens, Alice Sainsbury, Megan Betteridge, Drew Murray-Gill, Georgia Harrod, Lucy Williams and Chloe Taylor.

Second team players were Lois Carpenter, Paris Parker-North, Ellie MacGregor, Grace Linehan, Lucy Bullock, Katie Black, Lorna Sharpe, Isobel Georgiou, Loraine Vutha and Elizabeth Wingate.

Association of Colleges National Finals - Badminton

By Jack Lock, PE department, 29 April 2018

The College badminton squad competed very well recently in tthe AOC National Finals in Nottingham.

On the first day, they played in a number of close matches and qualified for the play-off, which they narrowly lost 3-2.

They then enjoyed the Saturday night entertainment, joining in with dodgeball, volleyball and watching wheelchair basketball.

On Sunday, the College team played as part of a joint Eastern Region team to decide their place in the overall ranking and smashed Wales 5-0

Sponsored Cycle Ride - Sport Relief

By Michele Perrin, Charities Co-Ordinator , 26 March 2018

The students did a fantastic job. It was a very successful day, with a succession of cyclists (students and some brave staff) pedalling furiously for the whole day and in the process raising nearly four hundred pounds for Sports Relief.  James was our top cyclist, putting in well over two hours on the static bikes that we had stationed just outside our sports hall. We had plenty of encouragement on hand throughout the day, including music and support from fellow students such as Lucas. After all that exercise, we think they deserved something from the cake sale that the student charities committee organised to go alongside this event.

Netball Success

By Shelley Johnson, Sport Dept., 7 February 2018

Both netball teams are currently top of their league. The first team (left) head Division One of the Association of College’s Sport for the East Region. There are only five games remaining. If they can win this league, they will be the first team at this college ever to do so. There are some tough matches remaining but the team are currently in a very good position.
The second team are top of the North East Essex Netball League. They have only three matches remaining in this league, all of which they need to win to be crowned champions. They are the strongest squads we have ever had at college and if they were both to win their leagues, it would be a huge accomplishment.

Good luck to both teams!

Students in the News 3

By Adrian Frost, Assistant Principal , 25 January 2018

Congratulations  to student sprinter Chatrlie Dobson, about to make his debut for England

Good Luck Charlie!

Full story below:


Re-Start A Heart Day

By Jo Lawrence, PE Dept., 18 October 2017

On Monday 16th October, the college supported the British Heart Foundation ‘Re-Start a Heart Day’.  This is a designated day of action across Europe with the aim to teach vital life saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible. The Resuscitation Council (UK) along with the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the UK National Ambulance Service are working together to help reach our biggest audience of 100,000 trained lifesavers.

College staff were joined by a trained first aid Christine Cheetham and her team who are trained first responders. There were drop-in sessions for all staff and students  and during the student lunch period on the concourse. More than 150 PE students also got the opportunity to take part in the event during their normal timetabled lessons.

Golf Success

By Adrian Frost, Assistant Principal, 15 September 2017

Well done to former student Jonathan Hewett, who is about to embark on a professional golfing career in the United States, playing in the West-Florida Golf Tour.

Whilst studying for his A-levels at the Colchester Sixth Form College he was a two time finalist at the British College Championship and took third place at the European Junior Open.

Looking back Jonathan says “I did really quite well in my A-levels but was also very keen to progress a career as a golfer. Mum and Dad, as you would expect, were keen for me to have a back-up plan, so to be able to combine getting a good degree with playing golf was a dream come true for me. My ambition has always been to join the US PGA tour and I am going to work very hard to achieve that but if I don’t make it I now have a really good degree to fall back on.”

Well Done Charlie

By Adrian Frost, Assistant Principal, 15 September 2017

Well done to student Charlie Dobson, also a member of Colchester Harriers Athletics Club, who was invited by Essex Schools to compete in the English Schools Athletics Championships on 7th and 8thJuly – the largest athletics event in Europe.

The highest ranked athletes in each County had been selected to represent their County team in a full range of events on both the track and in the field.  This prestigious event, and highlight of the Schools athletics calendar, is often where the next generation of senior athletes have their first taste of success at a National level.

In one of the most anticipated sprint finals of the championships, the 200 metres, Charlie lined up next to the double English National Champion (Surrey’s Romell Glave, 100m and 200m).  As they entered the home straight Glave was characteristically metres ahead, but Charlie, making good use of his relaxed technique drove through to provide one of the most exciting races of the day to finish a mere five hundredth of a second behind Glave to take a spectacular second place, and yet another PB and Club Record in a time of 21.20s.

Charlie has also recently been selected, and run for Great Britain in the Manchester International. He ran in the 200m as a Junior against senior teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ulster, Denmark, and invitational teams from the British Athletics league. He finished 5th with a new personal best of 21.19s (wind assisted), and also finished as the quickest Under 20 in the race.

Football: Essex League 2 Trophy Final

By Mike Cura, Sports Department, 9 May 2017

Football: Essex League 2 Trophy Final
Colchester Sixth Form against Campion School
Half time: 2 – 0 ahead; Full Time: Won 6 - 2 

Players of the match: Sam Kendle, Adam Rayner, Cameron Ismail, Reed Heaney, Michael Whittle
Goal Scorers: Leo Tiffney, Cameron Ismail, Michael Whittle, Curtis Abel (2) and Ed Agbi

Having beaten Clacton, Davenant and Braintree on the way to the final we set off to face Campion School in the final. Campion finished third in their league as had we this year so we expected this to be a very evenly fought contest between two closely matched teams.

An even start to the game saw a close battle in midfield, which Reed Heaney and Leo Tiffney soon began to dominate. Early chances for Michael Whittle and Cameron Ismail were disappointingly thwarted by the Campion Goalkeeper but when Campion then missed a clear chance to score, the writing was on the wall.

Excellent work by Reed in midfield created the opportunity for Jordan Matthews to attack down the left and, having left two players in his wake, he cut the ball back for Leo to score from close range.
Campion tried to get straight back in to the game but our defence remained strong. Their main threat came from two direct players with pace down either flank, which was dealt with by calm, focused performances from Adam Rayner and George Zhai, with Callum Travers and Dan Whaymand first to every ball through the middle. The back four defenders plus Sam Kendle in goal, who looked comfortable in all situations, never faltered all game and formed the bedrock of the success on the day.

Having worked tirelessly to support Michael Whittle as our sole striker, Cameron Ismail played a cross field pass that allowed Michael to wriggle free and out-pace their centre back to drive a low shot past their GK for the second.

Campion came out quickly in the second half but with Curtis Abel linking the defence and midfield we not overly troubled. Having defended consecutive corners Adam Rayner rose high to head clear and Jordan broke quickly and found Michael with a diagonal pass. He held the ball up well before seeing Cameron sprinting to support. A perfectly weighted pass allowed Cameron to take the ball in his stride and shoot low past the goalkeeper.

Callum and Daniel remained solid as Campion threw everything at us. Reed and Leo continued to dominate the midfield battles and when Curtis rose high to head in the 4th from a corner midway through the second half the game was over. Ed Agbi came off the bench to drive in a shot from the edge of the box before Campion score a couple of consolation goals as we changed the team around to get all the substitutes a game. Despite the result never really being in danger at 5-2, Curtis sealed victory with his second goal from close range in the final minutes. 

Charity Colour Run

By Tori Tates, Sport and PE Department, 28 April 2017

30 college students joined 270 students from South Essex College and Writtle University this week to run (and in some cases, walk) the colour run.   It was a fantastic and very messy day for everyone, raising £235.06 for Marie Curie and Homestart in the process!

Association of Colleges National Championships

By Tori Yates, Sport and PE Department, 27 April 2017

A number of College students went to Nottingham last week to represent the Eastern Region in the National College Championships in the golf, badminton and basketball finals.  It was a fantastic experience for all of the students who attended and they had already done well to get that far!  The highlight for the weekend was our golfer Josh Coleman winning a bronze medal with the Eastern Region team. Congratulations to everyone that competed.

Men's Basketball team marches on to the semi finals!

By Tori Yates, Sport and PE Dept, 27 February 2017

Last week, the College's men's basketball team travelled to West Thames College to play the quarter final of the Association of Colleges National basketball cup.   It was a very competitive game but the College team was stronger in the end, winning 64-54.   We await the semi-final draw which will be against either Exeter or Winchester.  We wish the boys best of luck for the Semi Finals!

Cheerleading Success

By Tori Yates, Sports Co-ordinator, 30 November 2016

Our group of cheerleaders went to Five Lakes on Sunday for a cheerleading competition. It was the first competition that they have entered and they came second!

We have a nice trophy on the way this week

Equestrian Success

By Lisa Cesareo, Equestrian Course Leader, 28 November 2016

The College Equestrian Teams recently competed at the NSEA National Schools Regional Points League Show Jumping on 12th November

The girls did really well and the results are as follows:-

•Show jumping Team (Height 80cm) Colchester Sixth Form came 3rd

(Team members were Imogen Hughes, Amy Thacker, Rose Arbuthnot and Olivia Phillips)

Imogen Hughes came 6th Individually

•Show jumping Team (Height 90cm)  Colchester Sixth Form College team came 3rd

(Team members were Imogen Hughes, Amy Thacker, Rose Arbuthnot and Olivia Phillips)

Imogen Hughes came 6th Individually

Well done  and good luck to all at the next competition NSEA Inter- Schools Eventer Challenge Qualifier on 26th November

Netball Success

By Shelley Johnson, Sport Department, 18 November 2016

Congratulations to our first netball team, who made it through to the regional round of the National Schools Cup competition recently. They finished second in the County Tournament (Making them the second best 6th form netball team in Essex). They won their semi final with a golden goal (against Great Baddow). Unfortunately they lost to SEEVIC in the final but a great achievement to finish second. The next round is in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday 28th January.

Association of Colleges - Regional Basketball Competition

By Tori Yates, Sports Dept., 13 October 2016

Our male basketball team went to the University of East Anglia yesterday to compete in the Regional Cup.

I'm pleased to report that they won, often beating teams that are  two divisions above us. There was a convincing win against all teams that we played, even beating local rivals SEEVIC in the final, with a score of 17-10.

They will now go on to represent the East of England at the National Finals in April.

Well done!

Inflatable Football

By Tori Yates, Sports Department, 16 September 2016

It's been a hot week - so well done to everyone who was brave enough earlier this week to come along and run around playing soccer whilst wearing a giant inflatable ball!

Tag Rugby Tournament

By Tim Grimsey, Sport and PE department, 19 July 2016

College's Principles of Coaching and Leadership through Rugby students organised a major Tag Rugby tournament, the biggest ever organised in Colchester.  The students coordinated the event from scratch which involved 45 teams from local primary schools playing against each other in nine groups of five teams.  It is a massive undertaking to draw together so many teams from across the area but College students were excellent in all aspects of their role and really did the College proud. There was no overall winner due to the format of the competition. Many teachers from the Primary Schools went out of their way to praise the College students and said they would definitely be signing up again next year.  Leadership Through Rugby student Michael Johnson said "It was a fantastic day which helped me really improve my skills as a ref and it was really nice to see how much the players enjoyed the day and improved, as a team, as the day went on."

College Student is London Marathon's Youngest Runner!

By Graham Rayner, Assistant Principal, 28 April 2016

Congratulations to second year student Rebecca Manners who celebrated a memorable 18th birthday as the youngest runner in this year's London Marathon.  Her parents have entered the race before but this year Becca decided to take up running and train for the marathon herself.   She ran a time of 5 hours 47, which was comfortably inside her target time of 6 hours, and raised £1400 for VICTA, a charity for visually impaired children. 

Equestrian Success

By Lisa Cesareo, Equestrian Studies , 27 April 2016

On the 23rd and 24th April 2016 four of the Colchester Sixth Form College’s equestrian team set off for a weekend away at Bury Farm for the NSEA national interschool county championships. The team consisted of Chloe-Ann May on Noah, Emily Kerr on Magic, Olivia Phillips on Reggie and Amy Thacker on Sunny - They had a busy weekend ahead! On the Saturday they all arrived after a long drive to Bury Farm, and settled the horses into their stables. That evening Chloe Amy and Livvy were to jump in the 90cm warm up round, with Emily jumping in the 1m. Chloe jumped clear in this, and the rest of the team jumped very well around a technical course. Out of an extremely competitive class with over 65 combinations competing, all four girls did extremely well.

Sunday morning came around, with an 8am course walk and horses to plait the girls had a busy day ahead. They were fairly late to jump in the 90cm, which had almost 150 combinations taking part and all 4 girls had to jump a round both inside and outside. The Sixth form team came a very respectable 22nd place, with Chloe jumping double clear and Emily a very fast 4 faults . The girls then moved on to the 1m class, jumping outside first where both Emily and Chloe jumping clear, and Livvy and Amy riding very well for the team. The indoor track was the most technical of the show, and for some of the team the biggest course they had jumped round. By this time all the horses were tired having already jumped four courses, so it was just Emily, Livvy and Chloe to take on the course. Emily jumped first and set the standard with a double clear, Chloe jumped second and just had the very last pole down having had a clean sheet of 4/4 clears previous to this round, and Livvy rode a fantastic round but felt the course was a big ask of her young horse so retired.

All four girls rode brilliantly all weekend over challenging and up to height courses, well done.

Key to photos (L-R)

Emily Kerr and Magic, Livvy Phillips and Reggie, Amy thacker and Sunny, Chloe-Ann May and Noah

AoC Sport National Championships

By Tori Yates, PE department, 25 April 2016

Last weekend, the Sport and PE dept took a group of students to Newcastle to participate in the AoC Sport National Championships.  It was a fantastic weekend with thousands of students from all over the country participating in a wide range of sports.   Our students were not only representing the college but representing the East Region of the country in a range of sports including swimming, trampolining, golf and tennis.  Everyone did a fantastic job throughout the weekend against some very difficult competition and we didn’t come away empty handed.   Although there was snow on the ground outside, our successes came indoors, away from the elements.  Congratulations to Trampolinists Kimberley Rayment, Charis McKenzie, Hannah Pile and Olivia Legg who won Silver while Olivia Sherred and Matha Duley (pictured) came away with a bronze medal in the Swimming.  Congratulations to them and everyone who took part.

Colour Run

By Tori Yates, Sports Department, 23 March 2016

Last week fifteen college students travelled to Writtle College to participate in the first "Colour Run" held specifically for colleges. They had the choice to run or walk 3km or 5 km and on the way paint was thrown at them making the whole day a lot more fun. One of our students, Josh Newlyn, managed to beat 250 students to finish first over the 5km distance. Well done Josh! A fantastic day and hopefully another one to come soon.

Equestrian Team Success

By Lisa Cesareo, Equestrian Course Leader, 26 February 2016

On the 15th and 16th February the Sixth Form College Equestrian Team were busy competing at Wix Equestrian Centre against other schools and colleges in the county. The dressage team which consisted of Hannah Everitt, Rose Arthunbot, Millie Yeend, Amy Thacker and Livvy Phillips came a very respectable 7th place. The Tuesday saw the most success for the team though, this time in showjumping, with Livvy Phillips and Amy Thacker returning for a second day, accompanied by Chloe-ann May and Emily Kerr. The teams did fantastically against incredibly strong competition to win both of their classes- the 90cm and the 100cm as a team, qualifying for the national championships at Bury Farm in April! Individual placings went to Emily Kerr who obtained a third in the 90cm and a 2nd in the 100, Livvy 5th and Amy 6th in the 100cm. The team will now continue training with Claire Gradley in preparation for these big championships. 

Trampolining Success

By Jo Lawrence, Sports Dept., 7 December 2015

On Wednesday 25th November the girl’s trampolining team from the college went to Suffolk New College to compete in the Regional round of the Association of Colleges alongside fourteen other female competitors from SEEVIC, Chelmsford College and Suffolk New College. The girls performed really well in both the ‘set’ and ‘voluntary’ routines. All student had to perform the same ‘set’ routine and then they could apply their creativity and skill for the ‘voluntary’ routine and apply a tariff that reflected their own ability. All of the college competitors entered the elite competition which put more pressure on them to perform at a very high standard. And with only one opportunity to perform their routines, the pressure was on. However, the girls should be really proud as five of the six  girls were selected to represent the East Region for the Association of Colleges Final in Newcastle next April. I would like to thank the girls for their great performances and dedication to training.

Overall final results were as follows;

1st place – Kim Rayment
2nd place – Olivia Legg
4th place – Hannah Denson & Charis McKenzie
6th place – Hannah Pile
10th  place – Beth Lewis.

Handball Taster Session

By Tori Yates, Sports Department, 23 November 2015

One of our students, Corie, organised a handball taster session last Wednesday. Twelve  students attended and thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are looking to put on more handball sessions in the new year. Corie started playing handball at school 3-4 years ago and very quickly progressed to the East of England U16 team. He is now the captain of Suffolk U18’s team and represents England U17’s.

Basketball Success

By Tori Yates, Sports Dept., 19 November 2015

A very convincing win for the boys basketball team at home to South Essex College in front of a record crowd. The support from the students helped us to a 99-23 victory. Well played boys and thank you to all the supporters.

Netball Update

By Victoria Yates, Sport, 13 November 2015

Well done to the netball first team – some very enjoyable matches this season, including a convincing 32-4 win against Braintree Sixth Form. Strong performances have come from the college’s centre Bethany Gent, wing defence Ella Tebbitt and two of the college’s shooters Olivia Phillips and Elizabeth Duley. The second team have also achieved a 40-0 league win against Thurstable School this term . Strong performances this season have come from Jenny Page, for her excellent shooting and strong captaincy. Ellen Seeley at wing defence and Laura Robinson at goal defence have also performed well.


By Victoria Yates, Sports , 6 November 2015

Zumba classes  in the first half term with a number of  girls and boys joining us in the sportshall. This was a  new activity for the college and a big success. Zumba has now finished but is being replaced by boxing this half term and  we are hoping that this will be a great success as well.