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Moor Park school rated outstanding by Ofsted set to open Sixth Form

Posted on - 15th January, 2013 - 9:15am | Author - | Posted in - News, Schools

The school on Moor Park Avenue will have a new purpose built Sixth Form Centre

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A Preston school rated as outstanding by Ofsted is set to be given a Sixth Form.

Moor Park Business and Enterprise School will start accepting pupils for A level education from September this year if Lancashire County Council approve the plans.

No objections to the proposals have been received and the cabinet member for children and schools, Councillor Sue Charles, is due to rubber stamp the Sixth Form this week.

A statement from Moor Park’s chair of governors Keith Nightingale and headteacher Peter Cunningham said the they wanted a Sixth Form to ensure pupil could “realise their potential”.

In a letter to the county council they write: “Our aim is to establish outstanding post 16 educational provision in Moor Park that will be an all round memorable experience in an inclusive ethos, building on the excellent care, guidance and support provided during Year 10 and 11.

“Our new purpose built Sixth Form Centre will provide state of the art resources with facilities for personal study and a well-equipped area for students to relax during breaks. In keeping with our highly regarded inclusive ethos as a school that recognises all faiths and none, students will have access to a multi-purpose faith room for quiet thought, prayer and contemplation. Each student will have a personal tutor who will provide support, information, advice and guidance.

“Our ambition is to work in collaboration with other post 16 providers to expand the range of courses and programmes on offer whilst fostering links with Universities and Colleges of Higher Education in order to promote successful progression and ensure our students are successful in their chosen future.”

The Sixth Form will be offered in partnership with Ashton Community Science College.

In the first year the Moor Park campus will have approximately 120 students and in future the schools combined will offer 280 places.

The funding for a new Sixth Form centre is set to come from the governing body at the school, with no money from the county council.

Estimates from the governing body show to convert the existing gym into Sixth Form Centre will cost £579,765.

A report to the schools chief at the council states: “The statutory proposal is to provide local sixth form provision, in the main, for pupils that had been previously attending Moor Park School.

“The proposal, including the collaboration with Ashton Community Science College, is intended to provide young people with more choice of high quality post-16 provision in the Preston area.”

If the proposals are not called in by county councillors they will come into force on Thursday 17 January.

View all the proposals and reports on the plans on the county council website.

Do you live in the area? Do you attend the school or have children there? What do you think of the proposals? Let us know in the comments below

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