2012 Go ahead for Sixth form at Twickenham Academy
Press Release - 25th January 2012
The Learning Schools Trust (LST) is pleased to announce they have received ministerial approval for the development of Sixth Forms at Twickenham Academy and Hampton Academy in Richmond, expected to open in September 2012.
The academies will build their post 16 provision around their areas of strength and specialism, following the successful model already established at LST´s third academy in Ipswich which launched their sixth form last year. Twickenham Academy will focus on two strands — Digital Technologies and Sport with a range of related A levels and professional qualifications. Similarly, Hampton Academy will focus on two strands - Creative Arts and Science. Both academies will also offer a one year Foundation programme for those students who have not yet achieved 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE.
Furthermore, one of the core components of the new sixth forms will be to provide students with the opportunity of a long term placement working one day a week in industry, business or a creative setting to better prepare students for their future.
John Baumber, Chief Executive and Education Director of the Learning Schools Trust said:
“We are delighted that we will be able to extend our unique model of personalised learning into the sixth form, giving our students the independent study and personal management skills they will need to be successful in work and further education. Our personalised approach allows our students to study at their own pace and to take qualifications early. It´s about providing an extra challenge and support for our students to achieve more than they thought possible. We are confident that we have the quality of teachers to lead these programmes and remain committed to further developing the programme to meet the expectations of our students, parents and the community."
Nick Jones, Principal of Twickenham Academy said:
“We are delighted that we will be able to offer our students a real alternative and an opportunity to continue their studies and progress at Twickenham Academy. We are already working with a range of national and local businesses to ensure that the courses we offer in IT and digital media meet the commercial standards and skills expected. Furthermore, in Sport, Twickenham is ideally placed to offer this sort of experience."
Sue Demont, Principal of Hampton Academy said:
“Our consultation with parents, students and staff gave us overwhelming support to create sixth forms. As our overall results at 16 improve in quantity and quality, more students want to continue to excel in a smaller setting and use our distinct approach that develop those personal skills and independent approach to learning.“
Twickenham and Hampton Academies opened their doors on the 1st September 2010 and Ipswich Academy in March 2011. Work has started on the new school buildings at Hampton and Twickenham Academies.
To download the Sixth Form Information Leaflet please click here