East Durham’s new sixth form launches recruitment drive

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A COLLEGE is to launch a recruitment drive ready for the opening of its new sixth-form centre.

The new ED6, East Durham Sixth Form, will be based at Peterlee’s East Durham College and the first intake of students will begin in September next year.

It is being launched in partnership with Peterlee’s St Bede’s RC School, Byron Sixth Form, Dene Community School of Technology and The Academy at Shotton Hall, as well as Easington Community Science College, Glendene School and Community Arts College, Seaham School of Technology and Wellfield Community School.

ED6 is not just looking for any students, it is hoping to attract the most high-flying youngsters from across Easington district to give them the best possible chance of gaining places in the country’s leading universities.

Paul Wheatcroft, director of ED6, said: “We are in a deprived area, so what we aim to do is raise the aspirations of the young people in the region so they know they can go to the top universities.

“There is certainly the talent and ability.”

ED6 is setting its standards high with very stringent entry requirements of at least five GCSE C grades with B grades in the subjects the pupil wants to study.

Paul said: “We want to be seen as a high-achieving sixth form with high expectations to break the mould culturally that young people from this area can’t aspire to the top.”

The director of the sixth form said one of the main criteria which makes it stand out from other institutions, is that it has created professional pathways in a bid to ensure students pick a good range of A-levels which will allow them to access the top universities.

During the coming year, the college will be talking to future students and parents about what ED6 will offer and the first open night will be held at East Durham College on Wednesday, September 21, from 4.30pm to 7pm.

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