Find out what 'outstanding' Collyer's College in Horsham can offer you at a special Virtual Open Evening

Horsham’s College of Richard Collyer, widely known as Collyer’s, was founded in 1532 and is one of the country’s leading sixth form colleges.

Collyer's College
Collyer's College

The institution offers free post-16 education and enjoys an 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted. The latest publication of outstanding results by the Department for Education on their school and college comparison website places the college as the 3rd-best sixth form college in the country.

Collyer’s Principal Dan Lodge explained: “The grading is based on ‘value added’ as well as actual examination grades and shows how all students can achieve well above expectations with good teaching and encouragement of independent study habits, in a friendly community of aspiration and support.”

In 2020, Collyer’s once again celebrated excellent results with 67% of students achieving grades A*/B. Just some of the noteworthy individual successes included:

Collyer's College Principal Dan Lodge

Ex-Millais student Sej Patel, who is now reading Mathematics at The University of Warwick

Meg Savage, who prior to Collyer’s attended Farlington School, is now studying Physics at Oxford

Sam McQuaker, who joined from Warden Park and is now at Cambridge studying Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

Morrell Sotomi, who previously attended Ifield Community College, is now studying Medical Bioscience at Imperial College London

Sej Patel

Josh Martin, who joined Collyer’s from Forest, is studying medicine at Imperial

Harry Watson, who previously attended Tanbridge House, will read medicine at Brighton and Sussex

Aimee Hallsworth, formerly of Millais, is reading English at Cambridge

An extremely proud Dan Lodge said: “Congratulations to all of our students, who have worked incredibly hard over the past two years with us.”

Morrell Sotomi

Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “A quality education remains a top priority and it is no surprise that we continue to attract students from across the south east of England and internationally!”

Collyer’s students travelling from outside Horsham routinely use the regular train and bus services; times of these, including a Collyer’s bus from Worthing, are available at the Collyer’s Virtual Open Evening. Details of the daily bus service from Haywards Heath/Cuckfield area, which stops just outside Collyer’s, can also be found on the Sussex Coaches website.

On Wednesday 11th November, Collyer's invites prospective students and parents to a Virtual Open Evening to explore what we can offer you in September 2021. To access our Virtual Open Evening online content, go to


Collyer's basketball team

Collyer’s have secured a place in the Academy Basketball League (ABL) for this coming season. This is a huge achievement for the college as the ABL is regarded as the second highest collegiate basketball competition in the UK!

In 2020 the Collyer’s Men’s Basketball team were crowned AOC South East Regional Champions and won the Collyer’s Team of the Year for an unprecedented second year running.


Collyer’s were treated to a once in a life-time experience when they attended the Leadership Symposium last year, sponsored by charities Working Options in Education and Grocery Aid.

Top CEOs, entrepreneurs and a leading sports personality came together to offer motivational talks and question panels in a high-level business symposium held at the Rothamsted Research Centre, Harpenden. The event was expertly facilitated by award-winning Sky News presenters Anna Botting and Jeremy Thompson.


Leadership symposium

Collyer’s welcomed PVL CEO Nick Broom back to the college to run a session focussing on psychometric testing. PVL have been saving lives on the roads since 1999, as a leading company creating high visibility markings for emergency service, highways and security vehicles.


Collyer’s welcomed Dame Julie Walters to present awards to students who won the sixth prestigious Collyer’s Samaritans Christmas Card Competition.The winning entries were used as the Samaritans Christmas card design. The winners were: Darby Lyons, Chloe Marsh, Nick McArthur and double prize winner Charlotte Williams. Dame Julie, Patron of the Horsham and Crawley Samaritans, presented the prizes, kindly donated by Seawhite.


Dr Ian Carr, Head of Geology and Environmental Science at Collyer’s, with help from colleague Paul Davis, has been running online geology lessons as part of ‘The Kids Easter Geology Challenge’.

Ian explained: “The idea was to get kids involved in geology by finding what they could in their gardens. In the end I had contributions from all over the UK, plus Morocco, the south of France and Florida.”

Collyer’s Deputy Principal Steve Martell was delighted. He said: “This is a wonderful, creative project. Huge thanks to Ian and Paul. They are rock stars, it’s as simple as that!”


Collyer’s welcomed professionals from the 3Fall Dance Company, the University of Chichester’s 3rd year undergraduate touring company. 3Fall company members put the Collyer’s Dance students through their paces with an intensive workshop, including contemporary technique and repertory from their show.

The students learned challenging duets from an energetic piece by Kay Crook. Later, the company treated the students to an exciting mixed bill of four professional and student works.


Collyer’s welcomed BBC Radio 4 to the college for a live broadcast of “Any Questions?”, the topical discussion programme in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions by the audience.

Chris Mason presented the political debate live from Collyer’s Duckering Hall with Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott (MP for Hackney and Stoke Newington), Andrew Griffith (MP for Arundel and South Downs), James Kirkup (Director of the Social Market Foundation) and Hugh Pennington (Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen).

Chris thanked the college for a warm welcome and described Collyer’s as 'something of an academic powerhouse, ranked as it is, as one of best sixth form colleges in the country.”


Collyer’s supported LGBT+ History Month last February, helping to promote a campaign led by the Sexuality And Gender Acceptance (SAGA) Society. A number of enrichment activities took place and Collyer’s sports teams have shown their support of the LGBT+ community by sporting rainbow laces.

Learning about psychometric testing
Dame Julie Walters presented awards to students
Dr Ian Carr, Head of Geology and Environmental Science at Collyer’s
Dance students' workshop
BBC's Any Questions? came to Collyer's
Collyer’s supported LGBT+ History Month