Open evening at new sixth form

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Students and parents turned out in force to find out more about Amber Valley Sixth Form.

Prospective students visited an open evening at The Ripley Academy, which showcased the subjects and extra-curricular activities that will be on offer as well as giving them a chance to meet staff and tour the facilities.

Amber Valley Sixth Form is a joint venture between The Ripley Academy and John Flamsteed Community School to provide post-16 provision for young people aged 16 to 19.

Students who attend Amber Valley Sixth Form will be based at The Ripley Academy, which currently has extensive Post-16 facilities, and there will be opportunities to work at John Flamsteed Community School, in Denby.

Helen Fozard, vice principal at The Ripley Academy, said she was pleased with the interest there had been in the sixth form so far.

She said: “We had a lot of interest at our open evening and we were thrilled to see so many parents and students.

“I think it’s important to say that here, at The Ripley Academy, we already have an established sixth form with a proven track record and Amber Valley Sixth Form will be a new chapter.

“We want our sixth form students to achieve in a supportive environment. Students are not just a number here, everyone is treated as an individual and is given the advice and guidance they need when they take the next step in their lives whether that be university, apprenticeship or employment with training.”

Tegan Oliver, 16, is a former John Flamsteed Community School student who has already joined Amber Valley Sixth Form.

She said: “I have found that since starting here I have gained confidence and a better understanding of more adult-like environments. I would recommend this sixth form to anyone who would like to be in a caring environment, as I have settled in very well and I am finding school life here fun.”

Ben Bradley, 16, spoke to students and parents at the open evening.

He said: “Sixth form here is a really friendly environment and there will be lots of support on offer to help new students settle in and feel relaxed.”

Ripley Academy students Amie Smith and Cormac Smith, both 17, also gave speeches at the open evening.

Amie said: “What I would say to anyone thinking of coming here is you will definitely be welcomed and just don’t hold back, go for it and throw yourself into things.”

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