Work has started on creating the new sixth form
Work has started on creating a new sixth form college.
The Cheadle Academy is developing its own centre for post-16 education on its current site in Station Road.
The building has been designed in partnership with students and will include a common room and private study area.
It is one of two sixth form centres in Cheadle set to replace Moorlands Sixth Form College, which is closing this summer.
Considered one of Staffordshire’s top performing colleges, Moorlands Sixth Form was run by a partnership of The Cheadle Academy, Painsley Catholic College and Moorside High School in Werrington.
But the Attlee Road sixth form centre became financially unviable, and was predicted to be £500,000 in the red by 2020 following successive Government funding cuts.
Painsley Catholic College is taking over the Moorlands Sixth Form College building and re-brand it as its own sixth form.
Students at The Cheadle Academy are looking forward to seeing their own bespoke centre take shape.
Eve Reynolds, a former student of The Cheadle Academy, said she was looking forward to learning in the new Cheadle Sixth Form College.
She added: “I’m doing English language, history and sociology and I’m really impressed by the opportunities for private study and the space in the re-designed building.”
Courtney Childs, who will be entering Year 13 in September, said: “We have contributed to the design of our new common room and have decided upon a dress code that will allow us to be smart yet comfortable.”
Connor Hawkins, who is going into Year 13, said: “The staff are really supportive and know us so well.”
The sixth form centre will be working with Staffordshire University to provide transition days for Year 12 students and put on timetabled sessions throughout the year to help with all areas of higher education such as student finance and UCAS personal statements.
Laura Allsopp, senior teacher for the sixth form and faculty leader of humanities, said: “Each student attending Cheadle Sixth Form College will have a study programme tailored to their individual needs, with clear study or employment goals.”
The sixth form college will also provide English and maths classes for students who have not achieved a required grade in these subjects.
The college consortium will formally dissolve on August 31.
Moorside High’s current GCSE pupils will be given priority access to places at the Painsley sixth form, which will be open to young people of any faith. Alternatively, they could opt for Cheadle’s sixth form or go on to study elsewhere.