For nearly 40 years young people living in West Swindon have had to travel to further their education after GCSEs to colleges or school based sixth forms in Swindon town centre, East Swindon, Cirencester, Royal Wootton Bassett or Wroughton.
But work is about to start on converting parts of Lydiard Park Academy in Grange Park to provide up to 250 places for 16 to 18 year olds studying for A’ Levels.
Part of the cafeteria – orginally the Len Hobbs community suite – will become the sixth form common room, with adjacent tutorial and study room. Classes will also be held in existing labs and classrooms.
LPA headteacher Clive Zimmerman said he was delighted with the take-up of places for the first intake.
“We had an enthusiastic response to our open evenings in November. Parents are pleased to see a sixth form being established to the west of the town and impressed by our curriculum proposals.
“Our aim was to open with a pilot year of 90 students but we believe we’ll exceed this number.
“We’ll have a good take-up from the present Year 11 and a number of students coming from other schools.”
Mr Zimmerman with head of 6th Form Gail Davies. Photo: Richard Wintle www.calypix.com