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The College, which is built on 5.5 acres of land donated by the Club, is a part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust who shares City’s passion for ensuring that the educational needs of the local area are met.
Connell College has been based at the East Manchester Academy for the last year, but as of September 2014 the school will officially open the doors to its new state of the art facility located along Alan Turing Way. The nearby Beswick Library and Beswick Leisure Centre will also enhance the school’s ICT facilities and provide the students with a wide range of opportunities to engage in educational and sporting activities outside of school hours.
Connell Sixth Form College will deliver a bespoke academic curriculum offering A Levels in a variety of subjects including:
- The Sciences
- Foreign Languages
- General Studies
- As well as BTEC (A Level equivalent) in Applied Science, Sports and Exercise, and Business.
The majority of the students attending Connell College come from the Club’s local East Manchester community, where there were previously no sixth form colleges to be found. Sixty of the students will also come from Manchester City’s Youth Academy, which means, in addition to its cutting edge facilities and curriculum, the College will also ensure that Manchester City meets the educational requirements of a Category One Football Academy.
Connell College held a ‘topping out’ ceremony in January 2014 to mark the progress of the build to date. The practice, which can be traced to ancient Scandinavia, is used to celebrate important junctures in the construction of buildings. The event was attended by representatives from the Club, Manchester City Council and the College.