Post 16 education at Seaford Head will be provided following the school’s successful Free School application and the Education Secretary’s decision to provide substantial capital investment.
Seaford Head currently offers education for those aged between 11 and 16, but despite being the largest town in the Lewes constituency, with a population of some 25,000, Seaford has no sixth form college. The Seaford Board of Trustees hoped to change all that by utilising the previously rented out Old School Annex and the government’s Free School funding, to provide post-16 education, and they have been successful.
The news has been welcomed by the Headteacher, Lynton Golds, and the local MP Norman Baker, who wrote to the Education Secretary to support the application, and the capital grant will now be used to progress post-16 education with the creation of a purpose built sixth form which will be equipped with state of the art facilities, such as ICT. Work on planning and developing the site of the Seaford Head Annex will begin in January, ready for its opening in September 2014.
“Access to post-16 education is crucial to ensuring that students are able to develop beyond compulsory education and on to university. There is a clear lack of post-16 education opportunities in Seaford so the decision by the government to provide substantial capital investment for a first class facility in Seaford is excellent news.”
“More details will follow in the New Year, but this is very good news for the community of Seaford and for all the students living in the surrounding areas of Eastbourne, Lewes, Newhaven and Peacehaven. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the school including Norman Baker, Helen Key, David Greaves, Jane Hanley, Margaret Cuttin and, last but not least, our Trustees and Governors.”