Consultation over sixth form plans

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A free school in Eastbourne which opened its doors last year is consulting on plans to open its sixth form early.

Gildredge House Free School wishes to make the provision available from September next year.

The current Year 7 cohort would be the first to reach the sixth form in 2018, if development were to continue as was planned but the school believes it has a lot to contribute to the post-16 context in the town by opening up to the wider community from 2015.

So if the latest sixth form proposals were approved parents with children currently in Year 10 could be the inaugural year for the school’s sixth form and students in that year and their families are being invited to the school’s next consultation event on Wednesday February 12.

It will take place at the school, in Compton Place Road, Old Town, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm providing people the chance to talk with headmistress Lea Gilbert about the proposals.

Mrs Gilbert said, “The students who choose to come to Gildredge House for Sixth Form will do so because we are unique in the area and because they subscribe to our strong ethos and identity.

“It is our aim to provide an environment for rigorous, disciplined and enjoyable Sixth Form study with a balanced programme of A Levels at its heart.”

By autumn 2014, Gildredge House will be established in all its buildings and facilities. As well as taking advantage of the subject-specific facilities throughout the rest of the site, the sixth form students will also have the benefit of a stand-alone wing, which is separate from the rest of the school.

It is the school’s intention to rename this wing Temple Grove Sixth Form Centre after the Preparatory School which occupied the site 100 years ago.

The sixth form consultation runs until February 28.

For more information about the consultation call 400650 or visit the school’s website: website: