Locations and Facilites
Parkside Sixth could not be more convenient; whether you arrive by cycle, bus or train, each location benefits from superb transport links. Drummer Street bus station is a two minute walk from Parkside and the Eden Centre, whilst Coleridge and Cambridge Junction are both a short walk from Cambridge train station and are situated on major bus routes.
Parkside Sixth offers you inspiring places in which to learn.
The Eden Centre
- Parkside Sixth is based at the Eden Centre, which is a stone’s throw from the Grafton, and a short walk from both Cambridge Train Station and the Bus Station.
- The Eden Centre is the base for Parkside Sixth, where you can go for quiet study, guidance, lessons, social events and performances.
- Wireless is provided throughout the Federation sites, so you can connect with people everywhere. Many students bring laptops or other devices to lessons which they work on, and students are able to connect their devices to our wireless network.
- The top two floors of the Eden Centre offer large teaching rooms and smaller rooms for group work, mentor meetings and sessions with language assistants. The ground floor and basement offer flexible work spaces for independent study, and ICT resources are provided to support you with your studies.
- The look and feel of the Eden Centre reflects the personality of Parkside Sixth; it is human scale and high quality. The contemporary decor and beautiful architecture combine to make this a peaceful and unique place to work, in the centre of the city.
Parkside, the Central Campus
- Parkside, which overlooks Parker’s Piece in the centre of Cambridge, is a beautiful Edwardian building centred on the impressive quadrangle, which is used as a place for relaxation, quiet study and evening performances.
- The campus is ICT rich, with one computer for every two students, and a wireless network which students can access. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and projectors.
- The Library is newly refurbished with private study spaces and a designated Sixth Form Library area. This contains individual and group work spaces, plus students have access to a wide range of books, journals and ICT resources. The Library is open to students from 8am – 5pm, but as Parkside is often open for evening classes, the facilities are also available to students in the evening.
- Parkside has a purpose built Science, Maths, Technology and Art block. Along with practice rooms in the Music block, these spaces can be booked out by students for activities, with technical support.
Sport at Coleridge and Trumpington
- Coleridge boasts a new sports hall, fitness area and 3G astro for practical sport lessons. The Sports department has excellent links to external agencies, to allow Sports students the opportunity for development from club to elite level competition.
- Trumpington, a brand new school, has extensive state of the art community sport facilities such as a large sports hall, a full size 3G Astro, a fully equipped fitness suite plus studio space for fitness classes.
- Our history of working with local primary schools allows our leadership and coaching skills to be the most developed of the Cambridge schools, from curriculum support to large-scale festivals of sport.
J6 Performing Arts Centre, at Coleridge
- J6 is a one-of-a-kind space from which all students can benefit, whether you are studying an IB Arts subject, or wish to get involved in extra-curricular arts activities.
- J6 is a new arts centre comprising music teaching and practice rooms, drama rehearsal studios, a media suite with industry level equipment, and a spacious auditorium.
- The purpose built dance studio features mirrors, sprung floors and a lighting rig, allowing it to be converted into a studio theatre for in-house performances.
- J6 also contains seminar rooms and an ICT suite, plus a common room for Parkside Sixth students based at Coleridge.
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
- The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse is a successful, independent commercial arthouse cinema with a culturally diverse programme and superb facilities. Students on the IB Film course are taught by our own teachers, as well as a freelance professional film maker and Film Education Officer, who is based at the Picturehouse.
- The Picturehouse is a regular base for IB Film students, and is also used by students following other courses, with Parkside Sixth staff having access to the cinema screens to deliver the education programme.