Plans for a sixth form gather pace

Seaford Head School, Arundel Site, Seaford December 28th 2012 E53007N

Seaford Head School, Arundel Site, Seaford December 28th 2012 E53007N

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Residents are invited to give their views on proposals for the new sixth form centre to be created at Seaford Head School.

A public consultation meeting will be held on Wednesday March 27 at the Old School Building at the Steyne Road site.

Despite having a population of more than 25,000, Seaford currently has no sixth form centre.

This means students have to find the money and the time to travel to Lewes, Brighton or Eastbourne to continue their education.

A school spokesperson said, “This is an opportunity for the architects and other interested parties involved in the development of the Sixth Form Centre to receive any initial comments or concerns you may have.

“Seaford Head Sixth Form Centre will offer outstanding facilities and excellent teaching in a purpose-built sixth form centre but with the real advantage of being part of a successful 11-16 school, and at the same time benefiting from its own distinctive ethos and site.”

The sixth form centre will offer a wide choice of advanced (level three) subjects which lead on to a full range of university courses.

Enrichment programmes and extra-curricular opportunities which will develop leadership and personal skills will be available.

The school added there would be individual student support to enable all students to achieve their full potential.

The public consultation event will run from 3.30pm - 7.30pm as a drop-in session. There will be no formal presentation.

It was announced last year that the school had been successful in its free school application and that the Government had agreed to provide substantial capital investment to get the project off the ground.

The news has been welcomed by the headteacher, Lynton Golds, and the local MP Norman Baker, who wrote to the Education Secretary to support the application.

Commenting last year Mr Baker said, “Access to post-16 education is crucial to ensuring that students are able to develop beyond compulsory education and on to university.

“There is a clear lack of post-16 education opportunities in Seaford so the decision by the government to provide • Continued from page one

substantial capital investment for a first class facility in Seaford is excellent news.”

And writing on his blog, district cllr Sam Adeniji (Con,Seaford South) said: “As a parent whose daughter had to commute to Lewes and Brighton respectively to attend sixth form College, I am very pleased that a sixth form will be created at Seaford Head School from September 2014

“When I knock on doors one of the issues that most people raise with me is the lack of post 16 education in Seaford.

“Despite being the largest town in the Lewes District Council area and with a population of 25,000 Seaford has no sixth form college.

“This is very good news for us the people of Seaford.”