PIONEERING students in Blyth are lining up to join their new sixth form – nearly a year before it opens.
Bede Academy’s first group of Year 12 students will begin studying A-levels and certified courses from September 2012.
The academy opened in 2009 with students from nursery age up to Year 9, with those students currently taking GCSE courses, who will make history along with young people currently at other schools in the area, as Bede’s first sixth formers.
An official launch of the new sixth form is being held at an open evening on Tuesday, November 8, from 7pm when Year 11 students and their parents can find out more.
The students pointed to small class sizes, ICT and other technology, art, drama and sports facilities and a dedicated sixth form area as other reasons for influencing them to stay on at Bede.
The 130-place sixth form will be housed in a newly refurbished building.
Head of sixth form Paul Smith said it would offer a bridge between school and university and provide structured and highly supported learning with a range of extra-curricular opportunities.
Students will be able to join sixth formers from the other schools sponsored by the Emmanuel Schools Foundation on an expedition to help disadvantaged communities in South Africa and take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Student Matthew Richmond said: “The opportunities here are amazing.
“I went to Goodwood to race a car and took part in the Lions rugby tour.
“There will be even more opportunities in the sixth form.”
Bede was recently praised by Ofsted following its first monitoring inspection.
Parents and students intending to attend next week’s open evening are being asked to register in advance by calling Bede Academy on (01670) 545111.