Ask any of our students and they will tell you that Connell Sixth Form College is a caring community where every student really does matter. A student‚Äôs achievements and qualifications are important, but so too is their happiness and well-being. We will make sure that Connell¬†continues to be¬†a place of creativity and learning, honesty and openness, challenge and enjoyment, tolerance and understanding.
- is for the young people of Manchester as part of the Beswick hub regeneration project.
- has¬†excellent teachers who have a passion for their subject.
- is an academic Sixth Form.
- has¬†small teaching groups.
- is a place where all students know all the staff and all staff know all the students.
- is open until late into the evening to provide a safe study space for students.
- has¬†excellent award-winning careers guidance so everyone¬†has access¬†to university, enters¬†a higher level apprenticeship or secures an A-Level entry¬†job when they leave.
Connell Sixth Form College ‚Äď inspired by the past, inspiring the future
Inspiration, resilience and enterprise¬†are¬†three of the strongest characteristics of Connell Sixth Form College.
The suggestion that the College should be named after the Connell family seemed both right and appropriate for a college offering an excellent education to the young people of Manchester. ¬†The Connell family (especially Anna and her father, the Reverend Arthur Connell)¬†were,¬†in their time,¬†enterprising and inspirational.
In 19th¬†century,¬†there was a great deal of unemployment in¬†Manchester¬†and,¬†on moving to West Gorton, the Reverend Arthur¬†Connell¬†felt the need to¬†set¬†up a relief¬†fund¬†for the local population, distributing mainly soup, bread and coal. ¬†Anna also became involved in community work¬†for that area.¬†¬†She was very concerned about¬†the¬†conflicts which had led to regular fights between the warring gangs of Manchester. ¬†At times, up to 500 people¬†were¬†involved in inter-gang violence.
Anna¬†believed¬†that sports clubs¬†for¬†men could help improve the community, offer people an area of shared interest¬†and a chance to¬†stop the fighting. ¬†With the help of William¬†Beastow¬†and¬†Thomas¬†Goodbehere,¬†she established a series of clubs. ¬†One such¬†club¬†was the¬†St Mark‚Äôs¬†Church¬†Cricket¬†Club. This team¬†was¬†a great success and the Archdeacon of Manchester said¬†that¬†Miss Connell should be congratulated on the success of these organisations.
Replicas of the doors on which Anna and Arthur knocked to ask the men of Gorton to take part in these clubs form part of the decor inside the Etihad Stadium.
Anna, seeing that sports clubs could be very successful,¬†then went on to establish the¬†St Mark‚Äôs¬†Church¬†football¬†team. ¬†In 1884, the team was renamed the¬†Gorton¬†Association¬†Football¬†Club. William¬†Beastow, who¬†played¬†in that team,¬†supplied a¬†new kit with a¬†black shirt bearing¬†the emblem of¬†a white cross. ¬†In 1887 the club moved to a new ground at Hyde Road and they changed their name to¬†Ardwick. ¬† During the 1892-93 season, the Football League decided to form the Second¬†Division and, in¬†that season,¬†Ardwick¬†finished in fifth¬†place.¬†By 1894, it had been agreed¬†to¬†change the name from¬†Ardwick¬†to Manchester¬†City.
The¬†Rev Arthur Connell died in February 1899 and Anna in 1924. However,¬†Manchester¬†City¬†FC¬†lives on!