New Sixth Form To Open In Peterlee

Mon, 05/02/2001 - 00:00

East Durham College and the schools of the East Durham area are delighted to announce that a new sixth form is being set up to service the young people of the area.

From September 2012 East Durham Sixth Form, which will be primarily based at East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus, will open its doors to talented students who would like to study A Levels.

The new sixth form, known as ED6, will offer 20 A Levels, carefully chosen to reflect the qualifications which leading universities are looking for when they recruit their undergraduates.

Director-designate of ED6 Paul Wheatcroft explains: “We have consulted closely with the Russell Group who represent 20 of the UK’s leading universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester and Newcastle.

“We've grouped together certain A Level subjects to guide students down particular routes - we call them Professional Pathways - which lead to one of seven broad career paths after their time at university.”

These are Scientific, Creative Industries, Business & Management, Language & Culture, Health, New Technology and the ED6 Baccalaureate.

The choice of A Levels open to a student will depend on the pathway they select.

“The concept is to ensure students leave us with the right mix of A Levels to get a place at a top university,” Mr Wheatcroft added.

There is already a limited sixth form offer at Byron and the College intends to work very closely with Byron to create a broad cohesive A Level offer for the students of East Durham.

Stuart Wesselby, Principal of East Durham College, remarked: “We want East Durham Sixth Form to be a place local young people aspire to go to. The intention is that where possible students will be able to access the Byron A Level offer alongside that of ED6.”

East Durham Sixth Form has set its entry requirements higher than a number of other sixth forms in the region at a minimum of five C grades at GCSE with Bs needed to study some subjects on certain pathways.

Mr Wesselby added: “We will only take the most talented students but will offer every student a guarantee that they will pass their A Levels if they come to ED6 - as long as their attendance is good and they fulfil their student contract.”

“The staff we intend to recruit will be experienced, highly-qualified A Level tutors - people with proven track records of delivering successful student A Level passes.”

The sixth form has been developed in close partnership with the schools of East Durham: St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Dene Community School of Technology, Easington Community Science College, Glendene School and Community Arts College, Seaham School of Technology, The Academy at Shotton Hall and Wellfield Community School.

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 will now have the facilities to assure both high quality local provision and a seamless transition into further and higher education.”

If you’d like to find out more information about ED6 or to request a prospectus please call Student Services at East Durham College on 0191 518 8222.