New College Principal Suzanne Duncan with some of the new ED6 students and staff

Brand New Sixth Form Up And Running

Fri, 2001-09-21 01:00

Monday 3rd September was a historic day for East Durham College, which has campuses in Peterlee and Durham City, as its new A Level Centre opened its doors for the first time.

The new sixth form, known as ED6, has attracted nearly 60 A Level students a figure college bosses are absolutely delighted with.

Principal Suzanne Duncan said: “We want East Durham Sixth Form to be a place local young people aspire to go to, so we are absolutely thrilled that so many have chosen to study their A Levels with us.”

“We are highly committed to providing our new students with high quality, challenging teaching and outstanding support so that each and every one of them achieves their potential and realises their goals.”

Former Dene School pupil, Rhys Sutheran, 17, from Horden, who recently passed 9 GCSEs including 5 at A*/A grades, said: “I’m really looking forward to my time here at ED6. It’s great to be starting at a brand new sixth form and being in the group of first ever students so that we can set the standard for future ED6 students.”

The new sixth form, which is offering a choice of 20 A Levels, was developed in close partnership with the schools of East Durham. Headteacher of The Academy at Shotton Hall, Lesley Powell, commented: “This is an exciting development in the education of young people in East Durham.

“I am delighted that we now have the facilities to assure both high quality local provision and a seamless transition into further and higher education.” 

East Durham College, which runs ED6, were also delighted to again see a record number of students enrol at its land based Houghall Campus, near Durham City. With students still enrolling the numbers are already more than 15% up on last year. 

Vice Principal, Sally Hudson, said: “I’m delighted that so many students are choosing to enrol at the College both at Houghall and Peterlee.

“With the impact of the recession young people are clearly seeing the importance and benefits of continuing their education and gaining new skills. Coming to college to gain these new skills is the best way for these young people to achieve their career ambitions. 

“The College still has a limited number of places available on certain full time courses, so if you are still undecided about what you want to do please get in touch.” For more details call the College’s Student Services Team on 0191 518 8222.