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Spring Lane Junior College

The Junior College is set on a campus in Spring Lane, where our extensive grounds allow students to develop a wide range of skills related to land-based studies. This purpose-built site is in a beautiful setting which provides a calm, safe, nurturing, and supportive environment.

The Spring Lane Junior College provides an opportunity for students that have a clear direction with their ambition to enter the Landbased industries, with a focus on habitat management and estate skills as well as ecology, biodiversity, and sustainability.

Students will study a level 2 qualification in Countryside and Environment alongside GCSE English, Maths and Biology with the compulsory elements within pre-16 education to enhance their journey at college.

Junior College students will not only gain a suite of qualifications but have the ability to progress directly into higher levels of learning at the age of 16.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment
  • Level 2 Personal Growth and Wellbeing
  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Biology

Whilst studying at Spring Lane Junior College, students will be required to study English, Maths and Biology at GCSE level. Our specialist tutors are experienced in teaching students of all levels and empowering them to reach their full potential.

English and Maths are a fundamental part of your educational experience and we are dedicated to ensuring student progress with the qualifications they need for the future.

A GCSE qualification in Biology is integral for students who are aiming to progress into higher education or a career within countryside and wildlife management.

The Students’ Union

As a student at Spring Lane Junior College, you will be a member of our Students’ Union, who will represent your voice and is there to ensure your College experience is great.


Students will be able to engage in a range of enrichment activities.

  • Guest Speakers
  • Trips & Visits
  • Wellbeing Activities
  • Charity fundraising events
  • Team Building sessions

The communal area at Spring Lane offers a place to relax and socialise during breaks.

Social Action

We encourage all our students to get involved in meaningful social action.

This may include working with local charities and improving community spaces. The volunteering opportunities will usually tie in with the curriculum at Spring Lane Junior College and allow students to enrich the communities we serve.

Working within the local community allows our students to build their confidence, develop social skills and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

Information, Advice & Guidance

Our Information, Advice & Guidance team provide a range of free services for our students. They are here to ensure all our students are empowered to make the right choices and their services include tailored careers advice and progression planning.

Careers advice is a mandatory element of the curriculum and these services will provide your child with current and up-to-date advice on their next steps after GCSEs and beyond.


Safeguarding is about our legal duty and moral obligation to ensure that the welfare of all young people is promoted. All our staff are trained to always act in the best interest of the young person and are informed about making referrals.

Applications for the Junior College will open in December 2023 and will close in 2024.

Any enquiries made prior to this will be contacted to be reminded of the application window. 

Please note that any late applications may not be taken forward.

Applications must be made by the parent/carer of the young person. 

The applicant must be aged 14 on 31 August 2024 in order to be eligible to study at Spring Lane Junior College.

Are places free?

Yes. The government funds places if students engage in a full study programme.

Is my child too young to be with College students?

Our Junior College has a rigorous Safeguarding Policy. Although the Junior College is located on the grounds of our Spring Lane campus, the students will be cared for in a safe environment.

All Year 10 and 11 learners have designated areas to learn and socialise, which are facilitated by teaching staff at all times.

What policies do part-time pre-16's follow?

Your child will remain registered as home educated with KCC, and we are providing a bolt-on to this education. Therefore, they are funded via ESFA 16-19 funding and follow our Further Education policies around admissions and disciplinary. If your child isn’t meeting the minimum requirements of 85% attendance and following the code of conduct, they will be withdrawn and education will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian delivering home education.

Please click here to read our Junior College Travel Funding Statement. 





















Click here to view the Spring Lane Junior College Prospectus

Applications Open in December 2023

If your child is currently in Year 9, you may wish to make an enquiry for the 24/25 academic year