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Sixth form extension takes shape

The first mixed sex state sixth form in Southampton is to be opened one year early after council bosses gave the go ahead.

The sixth form at Bitterne Park Secondary School is a state of the art centre for 180 pupils. The centre will offer education for students up to 18 years of age, and the decision to open the centre early was a unanimous decision from Tory councilors at a Southampton Council meeting.

The sixth form will offer diplomas, A-levels, work related courses, GCSE resits and BTECs, and they will be available for students from across Southampton.

Mark Everett, the deputy headteacher of the school, has said that the building is on track: the steel frame is up and the concrete is ready to go in.

127 people have already expressed interest in the sixth form, which will be across three floors and a theatre, to reflect the school’s specialism in performing arts.

Mr. Everett, said: “It is a very exciting time for us here.”

Currently, only comprehensive school St Anne’s Catholic Girls’ School takes teenagers beyond the age of 16.

Southampton has two academic sixth form colleges, Taunton’s and Itchen, while at Southampton City College, youngsters can complete vocational courses and apprenticeships.

 

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