A co-educational college, founded in 1977, it has an agreeable site overlooking parkland ten minutes’ walk from the town centre. The full-time staff of 18 is assisted by 80 part-timers, providing a very favourable staff:pupil ratio. Average class size is seven and there is a great deal of flexibility in subject combinations. Boarding pupils either live in college boarding houses or with local families; those aged 18 can live independently, sharing houses nearby under the supervision of the college. Social arrangements are informal; sports and games optional for those over 16.