Connell Sixth Form College

Connell Sixth Form College
Established 2013 (Tuition began)
2014 (Facilities opened)
Type Free school sixth form
Principal Gillian Winter
Founder Manchester City F.C.
Location Alan Turing Way
Greater Manchester
M11 3BS
England England
Coordinates: 53°17′03″N 2°06′47″W / 53.2842°N 2.1131°W / 53.2842; -2.1131
Council area Manchester
DfE number 352/4003
DfE URN 139730 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 120 (2013–14)
420–600 (2014 onwards)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 16–19
Website Connell Sixth Form College

Connell Sixth Form College is a newly created Free school sixth form centre at the heart of the Beswick Hub development, Manchester. Run by the Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) the college is located on the Etihad Campus training ground built by Manchester City Football Club as part of their redevelopment plans. The college is named after the Connell family, who were active in their local community in the 1880s and who created the church youth team which eventually morphed into the Premier League side.[1] The college will also serve the secondary purpose of educating members of their youth team, who will be allocated some places to complete their secondary education. [1]

In addition to teaching the customary range of A-Level courses, the college also offers BTECs in Business, Science and Sport Science. The Sport Science students in particular will have access to the football club's training facilities for part of their teaching, while all the students will be able to use certain leisure facilities in the Etihad Campus alongside the football players themselves.[2]


The sixth form college was one of three new free schools to be approved by Education Minister Michael Gove in July 2012,[3] when the name of the educational facility was revealed to be Connell Sixth Form College, a tribute to the Connell family of Gorton, who founded Manchester City F.C. (in its first incarnation as a church youth team) in the latter part of the 19th century.[1] The announcement also unveiled the link between the new college and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, who proposed the initiative and had been asked to handle the management and recruitment of staff. Later the same year, Manchester City Football Club announced that the area around the college was to be part of a larger redevelopment, with commercial space as well as community leisure facilities.[4]

With Connell's facilities due to open in September 2014, the college took on its first classes in 2013 using a dedicated area in the East Manchester Academy.


  1. 1 2 3 "Connell Sixth Form College". Altrincham Girls' Grammar School. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. "Sports". Connell Sixth Form College. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  3. "Gove names next round of free schools". Place North West. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  4. "Exclusive: First images of how Manchester City's Etihad Campus could look". Manchester Evening News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2013.

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