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Ormiston Sudbury Academy set to mothball sixth-form provision for 2021/2022 academic year

Sixth-form provision at Ormiston Sudbury Academy is set to be mothballed following the end of the current academic year.

The school confirmed the change in a message to parents yesterday.

Current Year 12 students will be able to see their courses through to 2022, but the academy will not be able to take forward any applications from current Year 11 pupils to join the sixth form in 2021.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy.... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (43954833)
Ormiston Sudbury Academy.... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (43954833)

Principal Caroline Wilson told parents: “We have been keen for some time to invest in our sixth-form provision, in terms of infrastructure and resources.

“For these reasons, and because of the impact of the pandemic, I, the governors of Ormiston Sudbury Academy and Ormiston Academies Trust have taken the decision to mothball our sixth-form provision from September 2021.

“I know that this may come as disappointing news for those students who had been considering our sixth form.

“However, we are confident that there is sufficient alternative good-quality provision within the wider community to meet demand.”

Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard has sought to reassure parents and pupils of the sixth-form options available in the area, and welcomed applications for the next school year.

Kenny Alexander, director of sixth form at TGS, confirmed the school has the capacity to admit a higher number of students into its sixth form, and will accept late applications in light of the announcement by OSA.