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Broadstairs Junior College

Welcome to Broadstairs Junior College. We offer pupils a high-quality Study Programme that incorporates an academic curriculum alongside additional technical pathways.

Applications for 2020/21 are now open. If your child is in Year 9 and looking to apply for September 2020, please come to our next Open Day: 

Please note: The closing date for full-time applications for the Junior College is 29 March 2020, with a mandatory information evening on 30 March at 6pm.

Elected Home Educated part-time provision will accept applications throughout the academic year (subject to availability with the curriculum area). Find out more about our Home Educated programme.

Introducing a new way of learning for 14–16 year olds

Broadstairs Junior College first opened its doors in September 2015, offering pupils a high-quality Study Programme that focusses on vocational courses, with the goal of leading to career paths. The College is able to offer students places to start full-time courses in Year 10 in September this year. This means that students in Year 9 can opt to leave their current school and join our Junior College from the start of Year 10.

Vocational qualifications

Since 2013, the government has allowed learners aged 14+ to leave school and enrol on full-time courses at local further education colleges as it realises that some students are far better suited to a more practical way of learning. Only colleges that have been rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, like Broadstairs College, can offer Year 10 students this exciting opportunity. I know from talking to parents that for some young people, studying academic subjects in a secondary school environment is not ideal and they would welcome more choice locally.

The Study Programme

We identify that some students have a clear idea of the industry they want to progress into. The Study Programme at our Junior College offers them the opportunity to study a vocational qualification for 50% of their time at the College. This would mean them filling into post-16 lessons, which, as our results demonstrate, raises aspirations, increases progress and encourages maturity through learning alongside our post-16 learners. Curriculum areas in which students may be able to study include:

  • Catering
  • Media and Photography
  • Art
  • Music
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Built Environment
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Computing
  • Early Years and Health and Social Care

On successful completion, students can then progress further on these vocational pathways at Broadstairs College and onto higher education, an Apprenticeship or work. What is more, because of their emphasis on core subjects, our courses also enable students to change direction at 16+ if they do decide to follow other paths to success in adult life.

For more information regarding the application process, as well as an application form, please email

Information for Parents

It can be a big decision for parents to let their children start a new school. Here are some frequently asked questions. 

There are a limited number of places, so early application is advisable.