Green light for Richmond Park Academy sixth form
Richmond Park Academy has been given the green light to create a sixth form and will start taking post-16 students in September 2014.
The school in East Sheen, which is run by the Academies Enterprise Trust, will undergo extensive refurbishment and building work to cater for the new students.
Headteacher Lesley Kirby attributed Michael Gove’s agreement to the academy’s sixth form bid on Tuesday, October 9, to the hard work of the school’s board of governors and senior leadership team.
She said: “The whole academy is delighted with our new status and we are looking forward to working with colleagues from within and outside the borough to build a really superb range of sixth form opportunities for Richmond students.”
Councillor Paul Hodgins, cabinet member for schools, said: “Richmond Park Academy has played an active role over the past few years in our bid to expand the range of post-16 provision in the borough.
“I am very pleased that from next year the academy’s students will be able to continue their education much closer to home, rather than having to commute across or out of the borough.”