Rayleigh school to launch sixth form

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SWEYNE Park School in Rayleigh is set to open a Sixth Form on the site from September 2014 for 140 students.

Detailed planning has been taking place for over a year; the new Sixth Form will initially be based in remodelled existing buildings and will comprise of a bistro area, library dedicated study facility, plus additional modular accommodation to provide extra classrooms, all with state of the art interactive technology.

Andy Hodgkinson, Headteacher at The Sweyne Park School, said: “The news that we are going to be able to open a Sixth Form next year is fantastic for the whole community. Since we made our plans public, I have been overwhelmed by the level of support and would like to thank all the pupils and parents and other community members for their help. Mark Francois, our local MP, has also been extremely supportive of our plans, and the future looks very promising.

“At Sweyne Park , we are 100 per cent committed to raising the aspirations of all pupils and the Sixth Form will provide the ideal opportunity to build upon our school’s strengths and we very much believe that the rest of the school will also benefit from this provision.”

The curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for 16-18 year olds and will be predominantly A Level based, with a small number of vocational qualifications. The school will be offering some new subjects, such as A Level Mandarin, which is already being successfully taught at GCSE at the school. The students will also get the chance to undertake the Extended Project Qualification, which is recognised by Oxbridge and other Russell Group Universities.

Teachers at the school, many of whom are still engaged in research and Masters level study themselves, are very excited about the Sixth Form and see it as a superb chance to extend the innovative work as a ‘Thinking School’ – Sweyne Park became only the second school in Essex, after Colchester Grammar School, to achieve this prestigious award in 2012.

MP Mark Francois, said: “This is great news for both Sweyne Park and Rayleigh as a whole. As the local MP, I have supported Sweyne Park’s applications both to become an Academy and to establish a Sixth Form, so I am doubly delighted to see this approved and I would like to congratulate Mr Hodgkinson and all the governors, staff, parents and pupils who have helped to make this new achievement possible.”

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