Franklin College

Chelmsford Avenue, Grimsby, DN34 5BY

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About us

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Franklin is, first and foremost, a college for our community. In 2018 OFSTED recognised the college as ‘embedded within its local community and creating an environment in which young people thrive’.

Our students go on to do great things, and we are delighted that Franklin students are more likely to gain good university degrees and more likely to be successful in securing employment than other sixth form college students nationally. 

As a genuine Sixth Form College, (rather than a school-based sixth form or large Further Education College add-on) we are specialists, focused entirely on sixth form provision. Our skills and effort goes in to supporting young people to make the transition from school to adulthood and to secure their future success. This means we provide a broad curriculum tailored to the needs of young people, taught by staff who are specialists in their subject area and supported by a whole college which is focused on the phase of a young person’s life that spans leaving school to entering the world of higher education or work. 

Our college campus on Chelmsford Avenue is spacious and well equipped to provide students with the range of experiences they need to develop their independence and prepare for their future, both educationally and in terms of wider enrichment. We also work closely with our community to provide for basic skills support in numeracy and literacy in community centres locally. 

As a community-facing college, we welcome employers and representatives from a range of universities into the college to advise and support students on an almost daily basis. We also have strong relationships with charity and other local and national interest groups, all working together to ensure that the young people of North East Lincolnshire, Greater Lincolnshire and further afield, see a clear line of sight to their goals and aspirations. Our Franklin Professionals Programmes are designed to engage those young people who have the very highest and clearest aspirations; from the Grimsby Town FUTSAL Programme to our Career Academies in Logistics and Law for example.  

We are also a founder member of the Venn Group, working in partnership with four other Sixth Form Colleges in our wider region (John Leggott, Wyke, Wilberforce and Scarborough). This group forms an engine for quality improvement and staff development in the area. 

Each year, hundreds of students move on from Franklin College to take their next steps into the world. We always look forward to hearing about their progress and are very proud of all of our students’ achievements.

Student support

Franklin College prides itself on having a first class Student Services Team. The team comprises of Careers Advisers, Welfare Support, Counsellors, Learning Skills Support, Student Support Assistants and Student Information Officers.

What makes us different?

Franklin College is the only educational establishment within the local area that offers students the chance to join the UK Career Academy.  This is a fantastic opportunity to join a presigious and reputable national programme that offers students opportunities outside of their normal curriculum with focus on raising achievements and aspirations.

See why you should start your Franklin journey now:

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Franklin College runs seven bus routes across the whole of Lincolnshire. The fares for the services are currently £1 per journey no matter the destination. 

Additional information

Franklin College has an extensive enrichment programme available to all its students. Recent activities have included sports fixtures (both home and away), foreign study visits, visiting guest speakers, college performances (music and drama). The college also supports events such as World Health Month and The Day of European Languages with college activities.

Open Events: 

Thursday 3rd October 2019 5-7.30pm

Thursday 14th November 2019 5-7.30pm        

Saturday 7th December 2019 9.30am-12pm 

Saturday 18th January 2020 9.30am-12pm 

Saturday 7th March 2020 9.30am-12pm

Lucy Donner

What did you study at Franklin College?

Maths, Physics and Geography.

What placement did you undertake and where?

I gained an internship at Greenergy who specialise in the distribution of fuel. My internship mainly consisted of me learning and observing my designated E&I Engineer in their daily role and also getting involved in projects. I was also given the opportunity to learn about work happening on different sites, visit Immingham site and learn the processes there, as well as learning how to use software and calculations that I would use as an E&I engineer.

What decisions did it help you make and direction did it give you?

After my time at Greenergy I realised that I wanted to study through a degree apprenticeship rather than go to university. This was because of how much I enjoyed the hands on aspect of my internship and the opportunities I received to get involved in live projects. I also wanted to be able to learn as I was going as I knew this would also help me to build up my experience and confidence.

Where did you go after leaving Franklin College and where are you now?

Since leaving Franklin College, Greenergy offered for me to complete a degree apprenticeship with them in order to obtain the qualifications I needed to become an electrical engineer. Starting September 2019 I will also be studying one day a week at North Lindsey College and this will help me to achieve my HNC, HND and NVQ. After this I will be looking to study for my full degree. This experience will also give me the opportunity to travel to Thames Oilport (London) and Plymouth in just my first few weeks.

Eleanor Evison - 

I thoroughly enjoy learning here, Franklin has such a relaxed learning environment and all of the teachers are friendly. 

I love how the teachers care so much about the students and how many nice interactions there are. There is the right amount of fun and focused learning to learn happily and be successful. 

I really do appreciate the style of teaching and the whole working environment at Franklin very much! 

Rob Dawley - 

Franklin is definitely more than a college! Since starting here I've achieved so much including passing my English and earning the captaincy of the football team.

I've been taught by the best teachers I've ever had and I enjoy how I am spoken to with respect.