Welcome to Oakes College Cambridge

The Oakes College Cambridge formerly known as Netherhall Sixth Form Centre, has a long tradition of teaching A-level and Applied course education and supporting young people. The college builds on these great foundations and embraces a new role as the Sixth Form of the Anglian Learning Trust, providing continuity of high quality education both for students who have progressed through trust schools and for those adding the richness and diversity from within the high quality educational landscape of Cambridgeshire.

Why Choose Oakes?

Small class sizes – on average we have 14 students to a class. This gives students a great environment to learn, meet friends, get 1-1 help from teachers and thrive.

Fantastic space to grow: our students have a gorgeous environment to learn within. Their own college area, a field to relax or play sport in, designated sport pitches, a photography studio, television studio, radio studio and a new gym is currently being built.

Teachers with passion, drive and enthusiasm to give students the most informative and interesting lessons. Our aim is to give expert teaching, steps into in the industry, share knowledge and give students the skills they need for adult life.

On top of that, we have a fantastic pastoral team to support our students’ needs and ensure their journey through education is on a safe and successful path.

Key Information

This section contains useful information for both current and prospective students:

The College Day:
Registration/Tutor Consultation:  8.40am – 9.00am
Period 1:   9.00am – 10.00am
Period 2:  10.00am – 11.00am
Morning Break:  11.00am – 11.25am
Period 3:  11.25am – 12.25pm
Period 4:  12.25pm – 1.25pm
Lunch Break:  1.25pm – 2.05pm
Period 5:  2.05pm – 3.05pm

Term Dates

Term Dates

Academic Year 2018-19

Autumn Term 2018
Monday 3 September – Training Day
Tuesday 4 September – Autumn Term Commences (Year 12 only – 9.30am start)
Thursday 11 October – Training Day
22 -26 October – Half-Term
Friday 30th November – School Closed
Wednesday 19 December – Autumn Term Closes

Spring Term 2019
Thursday 3 January – Training Day
Friday 4 January – Training Day
Monday 7 January – Spring Term Commences
Friday 15 February – Training Day
18 – 22 February – Half-Term
Friday 5 April – Spring Term Closes

Summer Term 2019
Tuesday 23 April – Summer Term Commences
Monday 6 May – May Bank Holiday
27 – 31 May – Half-Term
Wednesday 24 July – Summer Term Closes

Our Aim: Keep Education Strong

If you want to study in a college with consistently excellent results, dynamic innovative teaching and exceptional pastoral care, The Oakes College Cambridge is the place for you.

Oakes College was formerly known as Netherhall Sixth Form Centre and as such, we have a long history of teaching A-level and vocational courses and supporting young people.

Oakes College is all about people; ambitious students who are determined to achieve; committed professionals who love teaching and a dedicated pastoral support team.  We take pride in knowing each student as an individual and our ethos of “inspiring, Individual, Inclusive” is reflected in everything we do.

One of the things that makes us special is our small class sizes, far lower than other colleges/centres in the area. This means that you get to know your teachers really well.  Our students tell us this helps them to feel more supported and challenged to achieve their potential.

The breadth of expertise in our teaching staff allows us to offer a wide range of subjects and qualifications to best suit each individual learner.  Our seminar style lessons and excellent facilities offer an experience more likened to university and the world of work than a school.  All of this adds up to a great classroom experience.

We recognise that your sixth form years are important to you. Of course, you want to make great academic progress, but you will also want to experience a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, enriching your experience and increasing your future prospects.  We are here to help you each step of the way so that you leave us ready to embrace your future, be that a university course, the world of work or the confidence to take that gap year you’ve been promising yourself!  To prepare you, we facilitate work experience placements, provide professional careers advice, a range of external visitors and speakers and many chances to develop your personal skills and confidence.

Our energetic student council represents the student body.  They ensure there is a range of social opportunities for all and play an integral role within the college, highlighting the needs of students, making suggestions for improvements and coming up with all sorts of ideas for fund raising and trips.  The end of year ball is a particular highlight which is always well attended.

Oakes College is a great place to study, but do not take my word for it, attend our Open Evening and meet us in person; you are certain to receive a warm and friendly welcome from the college team, the teaching staff and our students.

Karim Marsaoui
Head of Oakes College Cambridge