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The Times Education Supplement FE Awards: Outstanding Innovation in Teaching, Training or Learning provision 2012 and Provider of the Year and Outstanding Marketing/Communications Team Winner 2011.


"I just wanted to pass on my congratulations to you and the College with regard to your TES FE Award 'Outstanding Innovation in teaching, training or learning provision' 2012. It was brilliant news and you must be so thrilled.

Caroline Neville –Regional Director, Association of Colleges
November 2012


In my role as an Institute of Education teacher educator I have visited BSix on a number of occasions over the past three or four years carrying out observations of trainees on teaching practice , and it has always made a very strong impression on me, of commitment to meaningful progression for young people…and of energy ,innovation and persistence in pursuing this commitment.

Jay Derrick – Institute of Education, University of London


You have a very special college and fantastic staff…

Liz McNeil – Widening Participation Manager, The University of York
November 2012


Learning Review Site report - download here
July 2012


As I venture out into the world and try to carve a niche for myself, I know that I'll always remember BSix as the foundation of my life achievements. I shall always be proud to be associated with and be a representative of such a lovely educational establishment as BSix.

Ife O Young – BSix A Level student 2009-11
March 2012


Thank you so much for the time you spent on our visit. It was a great day and it was so nice to meet you all and to see your school. I have been to several schools in England but this was the best visit I have made. We really had a chance to meet both students and teachers and learn from each other.
My students learnt a lot and they grew from the experience. We looked at the pictures you put on FB from their presentations. It is nice to see how confident they look, and I can see great progress in them now when we are back home. I would love to welcome you and students from BSix to our school in a future exchange.

Yvonne Måhnson, Teacher – Swedish school visit to BSix
March 2012


My colleague Sarah mentioned that you have been named Provider of the Year from TES so I just wanted to say congratulations. What a great achievement.

Also we were at the AOC conference last week and I met some of your students that had a stand there to show the music videos they have made. They were all so lovely and talented.

Caroline Tyler, National Centre for Diversity
24th November 2011


"Well done BSix – thoroughly deserved. I know from interviews with your students around the SFBac that you are offering something special to develop their capacities".

Professor Ken Spours, Assistant Director Equalities and Engagement Co-Director, Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation Institute of Education, University of London
15th November 2011


"Again, my warmest congratulations..

Such an amazing achievement and proves what teamwork and dedication can do…

And for you personally, you must be incredibly proud, and it's a pleasure to have played even just an 'insy winsy teeny weeny' part in your success.. Long may it continue for many years to come..".

Steve Owen, Relationship Director Education and Embassies Public Sector Team, Barclays Corporate
15th November 2011


"Warmest congratulations to you all. I shall feel honored to have ever crossed the threshold, professionally".

Peter Loizos, Professor of Social Anthropology, London School of Economics
15th November 2011


"...wanted to add my public congratulations to my private ones...... amazing achievements, for an amazing college with equally amazing staff who are totally committed to their students achievements, welfare and fulfillment. Please pass my congratulations on to all your staff and students".

Lynda Allen MBE, Vice-Chair SFCF, Chair SFCF Governance Committee, Vice-Chair Sir John Deane's SFC, Cheshire
15th November 2011


"A wonderful achievement. Congratulations to you, your colleagues and students. Makes me so proud to be associated with such a fantastic institution".

David Blagbrough, Director, Inspire!, The Education Business Partnership for Hackney
15th November 2011


"Its such a nice story for the borough, should only serve to make you even more oversubscribed - but really exciting for Hackney in general too, good news!!"
"It's really an amazing achievement".

Emma Bartholomew, Senior Reporter, Hackney Gazette
15th November 2011


"It's great to hear about the success of BSix in the TES awards - congratulations to you and your team. I was particularly pleased to see the comments about your staff really going the extra mile. You must be delighted".

Robert McCreath, Archon Solicitors Limited
15th November 2011


"Massive congratulations - and very much deserved".

Tom Ebbutt
15th November 2011


"Well done... Please pass on my congratulations to your colleagues for this double success. It is also great for sfcs (sixth form colleges) in general to receive this recognition".

Mark Bramwell, Associate Director of Sixth Form Colleges (Designate) Association of Colleges
14th November 2011


"Very well done - please pass on my congratulations to your staff and students. I will mention your achievement in despatches!".

David Igoe, Chief Executive Sixth Form Colleges' Forum
14th November 2011


"I just wanted to say that I brought my father to BSix recently and he was really impressed. That's a predictable response to an amazing college but he also said something less predictable. After visiting the college he went with my sister in the late afternoon to the nearest park and saw lots of Bsix students hanging out in the sun and all of them were still wearing their ID cards clearly proud of where they studied. I thought that was a nice observation that revealed a lot about what you have managed to achieve".

Lucy Capes
3rd October 2011


It was a great pleasure to speak to a bright, inquisitive group of young men and women who were not there to take things at face value, but were willing to discuss matters in considerable depth; they certainly kept me on the very tip of my toes and I loved it!

Baroness Saleh
July 2011


"Ann and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for inviting us to talk with your students today. They were incredibly impressive – committed, resourceful and determined. Moreover, they talked in glowing terms about Bsix with one saying 'this is a life saving college'.

We both found the experience uplifting, affirming and helped us to remember what we had been fighting for all these years to develop a baccalaureate approach for all.

You should be very proud of what you are doing and we are more than happy to assist again in the future".

Professors Ken Spours and Ann Hodgson , Institute of Education, University of London
June 2011


Just a quick email to let you know that my colleague and I were most impressed with your students' behaviour today, they acted in a very mature way and engaged well in the various activities. I hope that they were able to get something from their visit (apart from test results!) and hopefully, it won't be the last time that they walk through our doors. I have spoken about the other facilities that we have such as the strength and conditioning centre as well as our ability to provide nutrition practicals also so I hope that BSix and UEL are able to build a mutually beneficial relationship over the coming years.

Again, it was a real pleasure having your students here today, they did your College proud!

Kim Hastings , University of East London
June 2011

"Fantastic school, good luck ."

Lord Adebowale,
February 2011-03-07

The following are comments about our evening event on January 26th 2011 to celebrate the award of Beacon Status to BSix

"You have some incredibly talented students and it was an extremely successful evening"

John Callow
Director of Archives
Marx Memorial Library

"Brilliant evening last night"

Tony Forster
City and Guilds

"Many thanks for a splendid evening yesterday. It really was a great celebration and I am sure that all those who came from outside BSix will have been impressed by what they saw and experienced. And congratulations on the award"

Jeremy Jennings
Professor of Political Theory
Queen Mary University of London

"Thank you for a splendid and generous evening last night. I'd no idea what I was coming to! A wonderful mixture of talk and entertainment in the show"

Tom Jupp
Education consultant/
Former Principal City and Islington College

"It was great to see BSix getting the praise and recognition it so richly deserves"

Judy Woolford
Education consultant
"Great kids!"

Ken Livingstone,
November 2010

“The evening was very helpful. I was glad I was here."
“Very informative and impressed on how well teachers know my child”
“Very good staff and support system in place"
“We are very happy with the college and the teachers”
“I’m very impressed and met some very interesting teachers . Keep it up”
“This college is the best thing about this area” –
resident of hackney for 26 years

Parents of BSix students, November 24th 2010

“A brilliant college !”

Polly Toynbee

journalist, broadcaster and author, November 2010

“I really enjoyed visiting BSix yesterday. It struck me to be a fantastic learning environment. The students were engaged , polite ,fun ,and they asked very intelligent questions. I went away feeling inspired.

Please extend my thanks to the class-they were great.”

Tom Grisaffi

Lecturer in Social Anthropology , London School of Economics (LSE), November 2010

“Always a pleasure coming to BSix . You contribute a lot to the community of Hackney.”

Councillors Linda Kelly and Gordon Bill Freeman November 2010

"Just thought I'd drop you a line about my visit to BSix’s Department this week. As W(idening)P(articipation) co-ordinator at Chelsea I have partnerships with over 35 schools and 6th Form Colleges across London, I get to experience all sorts of learning environments and meet students and staff. I was really impressed by the atmosphere of the college, it has got a buzz and positivity about it which I felt as soon as I entered.

The foyer is great but it was really the security staff who ( this is a first for me ) already knew I was coming, had my badge ready for me and then while I was waiting for Roger offered me a PV in the gallery....! I felt like royalty! The gallery is visible and beautifully curated and in the department a sense from the students that they really have a hunger for further study and have been fully engaging with UAL opportunities on offer, look forward to working with them.

I know how hard you have worked to raise this college from an idea to reality, I can understand why you are still there.... Lovin it !"

Susanna Wright

Widening Participation Office , Chelsea College of Art , writing to Calista Francis , Vice-Principal: Student Experience ,October 2010

“ It (the Political Ideology Study Day) was a good day and the photos remind me what sharp and interesting students you have.”

John Dunne,

visiting Sociology examiner, October 2010

“This was one of the most enjoyable days I’ve spent in years. Loved every second of it . ”

Michael Rosen,

after a poetry workshop with our students, October 2010

“What fine students. Send them to Queen Mary.”

Donald Sassoon,

Professor at Queen Mary University of London , October 2010

“An excellent college .Well run and an excellent Principal who knows and cares about what happens on the campus .”

Paul Waterworth,

educational consultant , October 2010

“Very inspirational ethos to this college. I look forward to revisiting.”

Hilary Nunns,

Can Do Behaviour, October 2010

“I have visited BSix on several occasions and have always been very impressed with student courtesy/respect. A lovely helpful atmosphere. Well done.”

Julie Old,

Havering College of F & HE, October 2010

“Such a great college with wonderful students and a fantastic vibe .”

Katie Bewer,

Flame television ,October 2010

“Very welcoming and helpful college .”


Clare College University of Cambridge , May 2010

“Excellent all round .”