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Collingham students win two 2017 CIFE Awards

We’re delighted  to report that two Collingham students received CIFE awards this year. Alexandra Young won the 2017 Baroness Perry Award, and  Davit Endeladze received a College Award for his exceptional contribution to life at Collingham during his time with us.

When multi-talented Alex Young joined Collingham in January 2016, she decided to take Art A2 from scratch and in just six months she achieved an A grade. Alex’s work is edgy and haunting.  Her portraits are reminiscent of the work of Francis Bacon and are currently being proudly exhibited by the college. This year, Alex has won the top award, the Rector’s Prize, in the Young Art at the Royal College competition which attracted 7,500 entries.

Alex will read Liberal Arts at Bristol University in the next academic year, but was so enthused by the Art tuition she received, she has not ruled out pursuing an artistic path in the future. She is currently working as an intern in Madrid.

Accepting awards on Collingham students' behalvesDavit Endeladze was educated in his native Georgia before coming to Collingham in 2014, and his A level grades are all the more impressive for having been achieved in a foreign language, after just two years of study in the UK.  He achieved A* in Maths and Further Maths, an A in Physics and B in Economics.  Davit is now reading Physics with Theoretical Physics at Manchester University.

Neither student could make it to the awards ceremony this April but we were delighted to receive the awards from Lord Lexden on their behalves.



Three 2016 CIFE awards for Collingham students

The annual CIFE awards are keenly contested across the 3500 students in CIFE colleges, and we’re delighted to report that Collingham students have won three of them this year! Stephanie Childress, Alexander Thanki and Willem Nelis received their awards at a ceremony in the House of Lords in March, hosted by CIFE President Lord Lexden.

Collingham-student-Stephanie-Childress-receives-CIFE-PrizeStephanie Childress won the CIFE award for Languages. Stephanie achieved two A*s and an A in Music, French and Russian.  She joined a CIFE college because it offered a more flexible way of working that could accommodate her musical commitments, notably with the National Youth Orchestra where she is Leader. She performed at the Proms last year, wowing the packed Royal Albert Hall in a performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony as well as conducting (YES, conducting!) the orchestra in a contemporary piece by Tansy Davies. Stephanie was also appointed assistant conductor of the National Youth Orchestra.

Just sixteen years old, Stephanie is now studying Music at St John’s College, Cambridge.



Alexamder Thanki won a CIFE Humanities prize Alex achieved three A*s in English, Politics and History.  His special area of literary interest is fin-de-siècle Gothic and he is currently at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, reading English.



Willem Nellis won a CIFE college award for his outstanding contribution to life at Collingham. Willem achieved A* in History and A grades in Religious Studies and Geography.  His special area of interest is military history, and the role of war in history.  He is now at Christ’s College, Cambridge reading History.


Two Collingham students receive 2015 CIFE Awards

Each year CIFE Prizes are awarded to exceptional students and we were delighted to see two Collingham students honoured with awards at the 2015 ceremony in the House of Lords. Samuel Knight received the CIFE Award for Languages and Benjamin Blinchevsky received a College Award for his exceptional contribution to life at Collingham

Sam Knight (pictured below left with his family) joined Collingham from Eton to complete his A levels. He achieved two A*s and an A at A level in Religious Studies, French and English. He is currently considering offers from UCL, Kings and Bristol to study French and Russian. His passions are literature and music. He has been working in Paris this year, but when in the UK he performs in a band and plays the piano.

Benjamin Blinchevsky (below right receiving his award from Lord Lexden) achieved an A* in Maths and three A grades in Further Maths, Physics and Russian. He is currently at UCL reading Natural Sciences. During his last year at Collingham, he was awarded the Gerald Hattee prize for academic progress and achievement. A hard-working and dedicated student, Ben is a popular and worthy winner of the Collingham College CIFE award.

Sam Knight and family at CIFE awardsBen Blinchevsky with Lord Lexden

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About Collingham

We are an independent, co-educational GCSE and Sixth Form college, located in Kensington, founded in 1975.

We specialise in retakes and restarters and our aim is to enable individuals to discover their strengths, set their own goals and develop their potential and confidence. At the same time, we are uncompromising in our commitment to academic standards, personal integrity and the development of a sense of responsibility. We provide expert tuition, a clear structure of work and a supportive, adult environment.

Collingham-students-in-the-bio-labWe recognize that there is no such thing as the average student and our timetable is flexible enough to accommodate the requirements of each individual. Key to this are our small class sizes which allow students to receive specialised individual attention in seminar-style lessons. The average class size is five, and there are no more than eight students in an AS or A Level class, nine at GCSE. Most of our students are between 14 and 19 years of age and those who join for GCSE generally continue with AS and A Levels.

After completing their A levels, the overwhelming majority of Collingham students move on to university study.  We are particularly proud of our record of securing them places at universities of excellence.

Care / Flexibility

All students at Collingham have a personal tutor responsible for their welfare. The personal tutor monitors progress, provides a sympathetic ear and can give advice on both academic and personal matters. The job of the personal tutor is mostly one of guidance and encouragement, but also firm direction. Personal tutors are in constant touch with subject tutors and maintain close contact with parents.


collingham-students-hard-at-workSome students need extra support to get the most out of their studies. At both GCSE and A level, Study Skills are taught as a matter of course, but we can arrange extra help with this and we have our own dyslexia specialist. Our EFL tutors help overseas students who also need an English Language qualification for entrance to university.

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“May I say how delighted we were with the results our son gained at A Level which are a credit to you and your staff.  The work that your tutors devoted to getting him across the line and into his first choice university is hugely appreciated. I’m also grateful to all those who convinced him of the value of good old fashioned hard graft!”

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