Wakefield: New £1m sixth form college is planned

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A new £1m sixth form centre is set to be built at Crofton Academy in Wakefield.

The academy has teamed up with Wakefield College for the project.

The centre is planned in the grounds of Crofton Academy on High Street, Crofton.

It will offer a range of post-16 opportunities including taster courses in subjects like business and sport, to A-levels in biology, maths and English.

The centre will initially cater for 150 students from across the district, but there are plans to expand it in the future.

Wakefield College principal Sam Wright said: “It will provide a career-focused educational offer, giving young people the chance to continue with the next stage of their education, before going into employment or on to university.”

The sixth form centre will be staffed by a combination of Wakefield College and Crofton Academy teachers.

Jez Horsley, headteacher of Crofton Academy, said: “Although it will be on the school site, it will have an independent feel. The students won’t have to wear uniform and won’t feel like they are in a school environment. The ethos of it will be that it’s the next level of their education.”

It will be built on the site of the existing tennis courts, and include teaching rooms. staff rooms, IT and welfare facilities. The centre is expected to open in September 2013. For more information, visit www. wakefield.ac.uk/sixthformatcrofton.