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Sixth Form Centre plans progressing well
WHILE the University Technical College and Wiltshire College’s sixth form centre have suffered recent setbacks, plans for the new Salisbury Sixth Form College are progressing well.
The sixth form college – which is separate from the UTC and Wiltshire College – is set to open in September 2014 and will offer A-level courses for 400 students. A search is currently underway to find a site for the college in the city centre, although it may open in temporary classrooms while conversion work is carried out.
The principal’s role is due to be advertised in the next two weeks and it is hoped they will start recruiting teaching staff in January.
Dave Howe has been made project development manager and a prospectus is being written to attract students.
“So far around 300 students in each year have expressed an interest in coming to Salisbury Sixth Form College and that is very encouraging,” said founder Neil Owen.
“We know there is a demand because 750 sixth form students leave Salisbury every day to go to colleges in Brockenhurst, Totton, Winchester and Andover.
“It is very important that Salisbury has its own sixth form centre. At the moment, if students don’t get into the grammar schools, they don’t know where to go and often end up travelling miles every day.”
Salisbury Sixth Form College will offer science, technology and maths subjects along with arts, humanities and language A-levels.
The sixth form will have 200 places in years 12 and 13 and will offer a range of extra-curricular activities.
With plans for two new further education providers in Salisbury and changes at Wiltshire College Salisbury, Mr Owen says there has been some confusion among parents and students.
“Some people have asked if we are the UTC and want to open in the police station but Salisbury Sixth Form College is completely different to the UTC,” he said.
“The Department of Education is busy trying to find our site in Salisbury and we are still on schedule to open in 2014.
“We will start welcoming applications in September and we hope that lots of young people will want to come to Salisbury Sixth Form College to study for their A-Levels.”
An open evening is planned for November 6 at the Guildhall and more information is available at s6c.org.uk.
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