Classroom lesson

College Ethos

Our Mission

At RSFC our central purpose is to help our students realise their academic potential. We believe every young person can succeed and we devote ourselves to improving student achievement, through high-quality teaching and student support. Our young people are challenged to achieve through high expectations within a "you can do it culture". We aim at all times to build aspiration, to inspire and to motivate our students so they have the opportunity for greater choice in life.

Our Vision

We aim to be the sixth form college of choice for the young people of the Borough of Rochdale and aim to develop confident and articulate students, respectful and respected, capable of independent and critical thought and appropriately prepared for higher-level achievement.

What makes Rochdale Sixth Form College outstanding?

It really is all those intangible things that make RSFC so successful. You can call it a philosophy or call it a culture or a vision but we just call it the way we do things.

Care, Empathy and Compassion

The first thing to say is we’re interested in you. We want to know about your life, your background, what you’ve got to say, how you feel about things, what you need, what you want, where you’ve been and where you’d like to go. For us, class teaching means more than just teaching in the class. It means teaching, and treating, every student as an individual, with care, empathy and compassion.

Achievement, Success and Excellence

We have a tireless dedication to improving the standards of academic achievement for our students and a passionate commitment to their success through a culture of high expectation and aspiration.

Learning, Creativity and Innovation

We are committed to achieving an effective learning regime for all students with first class teaching and support from members of staff, all day and every day without fail.

Relationships, Collaboration and Teamwork

We believe in working together. Students and staff work together to foster a real sense of community and mutual respect. We also believe in working closely with parents/carers to ensure that our 16-19 year olds become confident, mature, responsible and valued members of society. We cultivate close and meaningful partnerships with schools, other colleges and universities to enhance the learning experience. Our relationship with the local community in Rochdale reflects our commitment to the continuing social and economic well being of the area and increases the range of opportunities on offer to our students.

Inclusivity, Belonging and Respect

We embrace diversity and are strongly committed to equality of opportunity for students, staff, their friends, families and the wider community to create a real sense of belonging and integration.

Honesty, Openness and Fairness

The values of honesty and fairness lie right at the heart of RSFC life. We are committed to conducting ourselves with openness, trust and respect for the individual in everything we do.

Positivity, Enthusiasm and Enjoyment

Unless something is fun it’s simply not worth doing. That’s why, above all, at RSFC we strive to create a fun environment in which the process of learning is not just rewarding but enjoyable too. In fact, we want the experience to be a positive one for our students in every respect, through instilling a passion and enthusiasm for their subjects, a thirst for learning, a burning desire to achieve their academic potential and career goals. We also aim to develop their self esteem, confidence, emotional resilience, compassion, generosity of spirit and a boundless enthusiasm for taking on and overcoming all the challenges life brings.