The Blackpool Sixth Form College is a co-educational state funded sixth form college serving the Fylde and surrounding areas in Lancashire, England. The college has around 1,900 full-time students, it offers academic and applied programmes to a wide range of students aged between 16 and 19 and is ranked amongst the best state colleges in the UK. The campus is sited in the Highfurlong district of Blackpool; this places it on Blackpool's extreme eastern boundary, about 3 miles from the coast and close to the neighbouring town of Poulton-le-Fylde. Despite being some distance from the town centre, the college is reached by road and rail; the college's locality is somewhat less urban than the built-up centre of Blackpool. Blackpool Transport offers a discounted pass for sixth form students to use the services 24/7 at a fixed price, with Service 14 having 3 bus stops on the college's frontier. Blackpool Sixth has a coach service for students from Over Wyre and Lytham-St Annes. Over 60 A-levels are available to full-time students.
Until 2004, the college specialised in the A-level qualification exclusively - however, the college has introduced more and more BTECs for students to take at the same level. The curriculum areas cover the traditional subjects - arts, languages and mathematics - as well as more modern courses like Media and Film Studies and social sciences; the college's Drama & Theatre Studies students - and associated qualifications - perform and host productions in the college theatre, which can seat 300 guests. Blackpool Sixth's most recent annual musical, sold out both nights, exhibiting the popularity of such performances. Students can participate in wide range of recreational activities; the college has 17 sports teams, a basketball academy and a active Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. The college is accessible and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including engineering facilities and an on-site gym; some courses are completed entirely digitally. Various technology, including cameras and laptops are available to borrow or loan.
Blackpool Sixth Form ranks among the top state colleges in the country. It achieves a 99% pass rate and outscores some private colleges in the area. 86% of students continue to university, including at Oxford, Harvard, The London School of Economics, Durham. The college was opened in 1971 as a dedicated sixth form centre for the nearby Collegiate Grammar School, although it has always attracted students from other schools across the Fylde and beyond. In 1989, the sixth form centre controversially separated from the main school to become a independent college. Since the number of students has increased enormously and the campus has been extended by several new buildings. 2004 saw the opening of the new Performing Arts building, the Holland building, comprising specialist music and dance facilities, new Social Sciences and History accommodation and extensions to the Library and Common Room areas. In 2005 the Dining Room was refurbished, a shop was added and a Student Services centre was opened.
All College buildings are designated as'no smoking' for students and staff. In 2011, Blackpool Sixth Form College was awarded'Teaching School Status' in partnership with nearby Hodgson Academy. Building works which began in 2011 were finished in Summer 2015, after £29 million was put into the project, which included a Starbucks in the foyer beyond reception. Joan Wilkinson Robert Farrand Christopher Fulford Jeffrey Holland Felicity Greeves Jill Gray The College has an Alumni Society for former students and governors. Barney Harwood, children's television presenter Dan Forshaw Little Boots, musician John Robb - musician Lucy Fallon - actress Blackpool Sixth Form College website
Crave is the first studio album by contemporary Christian duo For King & Country, released on 28 February 2012 by Fervent-Curb Records. The album was recorded at several different studios in Nashville, Tennessee; the album reworks versions of "Missing", "Sane" and "Love's to Blame" which the band had recorded earlier. Cross Rhythms' Simon Eden said "as a rock album, this is quite a man's man album - powerful stadium rock with a sound like a roaring inferno."Indie Vision Music's Jonathan Andre said "Crave is not your cliché album, I was intrigued to listen to it, to see if their sounds on the album were similar to that of their sister, Rebecca." Furthermore, Andre wrote "though not a perfect album, this is a solid one from two Australians that will go far in the American industry!"Jesus Freak Hideout's Ryan Barbee said "at first listen, I was expecting something unappealing and typical. I was pleasantly surprised and repented of my negative predisposition; the brothers have offered a well-crafted album in Crave, have given listeners something fresh to hear.
The lyrics have depth, the music has energy and it is balanced wonderfully. If this is how they begin, I will be craving more fine songs in the future from for King & Country."Jesus Freak Hideout's Michael Weaver said "Crave is full of soaring melodies as well as a stunning mix of guitars, strings and electronic effects." In addition, Weaver wrote "Crave has something great to offer at nearly every turn." Weaver summed up "Crave, as a whole is nothing short of brilliant."Christianity Today's Lisa Ann Cockrel said "Crave is full of hopeful anthems that ratify For King and Country's earnest moniker." However, Cockrel wrote "More grit would have served the project well. Most tracks start with some creative promise, only to devolve into generic riffs."New Release Tuesday's Sarah Fine said "Crave is hands-down one of the best debut projects I've heard from a group in years. Creative and moving, it comes from a raw place of heartache and hope, never backing down from the honest truth, yet never shying away from the restoration found in Christ.
Musically, it's unlike anything in the genre right now. Haunting and deep all at once, it could quite beat out many of its mainstream counterparts." New Release Tuesday's Jonathan Francesco said "Crave is destined to be a classic and will prove to have legs and land on many year-end lists despite its early release."Out Housers' Jeremy Shane said "because of the pop sound, I find all of their album to be pretty listenable, there's nothing on it I hate. Although because of this some of my favorite songs on Crave are the less poppy and more unique sounding songs." The reason for the low score is because Shane only considers that "there are two or three songs on it that will be added into my regular playlists in my own music." Lastly, Shane wrote "I'd recommend this album to anyone into light or pop rock." An expanded edition was released in 2013 containing two additional songs: "The Proof of Your Love " and "Hope Is What We Crave". Allmusic