A HARTLEPOOL school has revealed plans to open its own sixth form from September.
Dyke House Sports & Technology College has made the move in response to demand from students, parents and carers.
Head of Sixth Form, Martin Dorset-Purkis, said Dyke House would offer a different, more independent approach and would operate at the cutting edge of post-16 education provision.
The proposed Sixth Form will operate in the existing building with modifications to create a Sixth Form hub and specialist teaching spaces.
Students and parents met at the school last week to hear first-hand about the courses on offer. The opportunity to enter Sixth Form will only be available to existing students at this stage.
The range of subjects available at A-level will be different to those studied lower down the school and will include psychology, sociology, business studies, economics and law as well as further maths and specialist science courses.
Dyke House head teacher Andrew Jordon said: “I am personally delighted that we are launching a Sixth Form. It is really good news for our students.
“Not only will they be able to benefit from consistently high standards of teaching, learning and support right through until the age of 18, it will also increase choice and allow more students to gain entry to the most competitive university courses.
“We enjoy very positive relationships with a broad range of education and business establishments and together with the highest quality teaching, we can promise students who stay with us a very exciting journey throughout Sixth Form in a supportive yet aspirational environment.”
Mr Jordon added: ““It is our aim to give students the best possible life opportunity beyond their GCSE results and our new Sixth Form is the first step.”