Parents’ ‘overwhelming’ support for Whitburn’s ambitious sixth form plans

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PARENTS flocked to a public meeting over a major shake-up at Whitburn C of E Academy.

More than 150 people heard plans to introduce a sixth form from 2013.

Acting principal Alan Hardie spoke of the demand for a sixth form.

Mr Hardie said: “I was delighted by the overwhelming support for our sixth form proposal shown by those who attended the meeting. The entire school community is very excited by our plans.

“The governing body and senior management team are united in their resolve to deliver the sixth form as a legacy to the outstanding vision of Paula Williams.

“It was her dream for our pupils to be able to take their A-levels at Whitburn. I believe that a sixth form at Whitburn will complement and enhance the existing provision in the area.”

Former school principal Miss Williams died in January, as the school was preparing to move to academy status.

Artist impressions of the proposed buildings, on the academy site, were revealed.

The building is dependent upon securing financial support, and part of the bid is for capital funding from the Department for Education.

A copy of the presentation can be found at www.whitburncofeacademy.org. The draft proposal is available on the website and from the main office of the academy.

Anyone who wants to make representations has until July 16 to send them to the chair of governors.

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