SUTTON’S Lammas School is launching a new sixth form college - just one year after the independent school went into administration.
In May last year, Chad reported how the school faced a cash crisis plunging staff and pupils into an uncertain future.
But in the past year, the Lammas Road school has seen a dramatic turn-around after new owner and director Jane Reynolds took over in August and Rod Singleton was appointed headteacher.
Now the school has received official approval from the Department for Education to launch the new sixth form.
Mr Singleton said: “This is good news for the school, students and parents as we will be providing more choice for A-Level students in the area.
“It has been my desire for some time to be able to provide a unique opportunity to study for A-Levels in an environment that will provide not only individual academic support, but also the vocational and life skills to prepare for university or work life.”
Bosses at the school say pupils will benefit from small teaching groups and mentoring will be available, with work experience placements set up.
Students will also be able to visit universities and take part in residential trips and holidays.
Ms Reynolds said she was ‘thrilled’ with the school’s success over the past year - which also includes the introduction of new technology, equipment and holiday clubs.
She added: “My mission is to develop a supportive learning environment supported by great teachers and creative tools that offer a more learner-centric, personalised curriculum.
“The new sixth form will do just that.”
She added there would be a focus on traditional, academic A-Level subjects and that pupils would also benefit from additional training in stress management, writing CVs and how to manage their finances.