The Government has approved plans to build a new sixthform college in Rutland.
The joint bid from Catmose College, Uppingham Community College and Oakham School was signed off by the Department for Education today (Wednesday).
Catmose principal Stuart Williams said: “This is the fruition of seven years of commitment and determination by the schools in Rutland to raise the aspirations of our post-16 students and offer them a high quality academic sixth form that will allow them to go on and attend our best universities.”
Harington School will offer A-level education to 300 pupils, with an intake of 150 each year. The school’s aim is to offer a curriculum that develops individual and academic potential, with the goal of helping pupils get places at the top universities. Rutland County College is currently the only state-run post-16 college in the county.
Uppingham Community College principal Jan Turner said: “This is extremely exciting news for all the young people of Rutland and will provide an outstanding opportunity for future generations to come. I am delighted that the Department for Education has recognised the need for this provision and the strength of the team that will work together to ensure its success.”
And Oakham School headmaster Nigel Lashbrook added: “The trustees and senior leadership team at Oakham School are delighted with today’s announcement. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work in partnership with Catmose College and Uppingham Community College, to give all the young people in Rutland the opportunity and choice they deserve to develop academically, and to gain access to a leading university.”
The bid team have now entered the next stage, the pre-opening phase, which will see a rapid development of their plans. Representatives from the bid team will attned a launch event in London on October 16. After that, they will release further details, including how to apply for a place.
Mr Lashbrook added: “There is clearly a lot of hard work to follow this announcement, but we at Oakham School are all committed to working in partnership to make Harington School a resounding success.”