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School’s sixth form plan

SOLIHULL could boast another sixth form if plans by Tudor Grange Academy get the go ahead.

SOLIHULL could boast another sixth form if plans by Tudor Grange Academy get the go ahead.

The school, which recently converted to academy status, has in recent years offered the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme through Solihull Sixth Form College as well as a range of A-Levels with its sister academy, Tudor Grange Academy Worcester.

Now the Dingle Lane school has completed consultation with parents, pupils, staff and representatives of other stakeholders and interested parties.

In a letter to parents in December, executive headteacher Jennifer Bexon-Smith said: “We propose to admit our first TGAS sixth formers in September 2012; because this is over 18 months away, it will allow detailed planning and, in due course, a full curriculum offer to be presented next autumn.”

The school on its websites says that most parties have supported the proposal but nearby resident Roger Fitton slammed the proposals saying the academy was a ‘neighbour from hell’.

He said: “Now, the same regime want to start a sixth form college. Fine, you might say. But this would bring an additional 250 cars into an area which is already blighted by illegal parking all day; and they don’t even seem to have considered the impact!

“This is yet another nail in its coffin. Parents ought to take interest in the governance of this establishment, and encourage it to work in partnership with the community.”

There was no-one available for comment from Tudor Grange Academy when we called.

A final decision about whether to allow this sixth form expansion to go ahead in 2012 will be taken by the Secretary of State for Education after Easter this year.

 

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