SEAFORD Head Community College is to become an academy in September and has plans to open a Sixth Form Centre.
The Steyne Road college will be called Seaford Head School in the new academic year after it gained permission from Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove on April 16.
A Free School application was also submitted by the college in February to enable the founding of a sixth form at the annexe opposite the Steyne site in September 2013. The result will be given in July.
Both would be governed by Seaford Head Academy Trust with central government funding and operate outside Local Authority control.
Headteacher Lynton Golds said academy status was an ‘obvious next step’ following the college’s good Ofsted report, with some outstanding areas, in September 2010, rising exam passes and its trust status in September 2011.
The latter gave the governing body greater responsibilities for admissions, staff and land and assets.
She said support for academy status was unanimous, would ‘further support learning and teaching’ and ‘result in improved examination results for all students’.
“It is an exciting journey ahead for everyone – governors, staff, parents and students. It is about putting our staff, students and school first,” she said.
The Sixth Form Centre would cater for students aged 16 to 19.
“The Free School application received a great deal of interest from parents and students as well as from neighbouring local schools and local universities,” Mrs Golds said.
She said it would ‘create opportunities for young people in Seaford and along the coastal strip’, raise aspirations and increase their chances of getting into high performing universities.
Seaford’s MP Norman Baker said despite Seaford being the largest town in his constituency, with 25,000 people, it had no sixth form provision.
“This is a great opportunity for the college, and a real chance to provide greater access to education for post-16 students not just in Seaford, but further afield as well,” he said.