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England Rugby Union Head Coach opens new Sixth Form

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Stuart Lancaster (centre) joined by Sam Wright and Jez Horsley.

The region’s newest Sixth Form was officially opened by England Rugby Union Head Coach Stuart Lancaster this week. Crofton Sixth Form, a pioneering partnership between Wakefield College and Crofton Academy welcomed a host of local dignitaries, school heads and other VIPs as the ribbon was cut to welcome new students at the start of the new academic year.

Stuart Lancaster, who is preparing for next year’s Rugby World Cup, holds education close to his heart and is a former teacher himself having spent a number of years teaching PE in Wakefield.

The iconic new building, located within the grounds of Crofton Academy, took a year to complete at a cost of around £900,000. The Sixth Form offers students a range of academic courses including A Levels in Maths, Law and Biology amongst others and a variety of vocational courses including Games Design, Sport, Health and Social Care and Business.

Jez Horsley, Headteacher at Crofton Academy said: “The school has had a long held ambition of offering post-16 options and it was something the local community and our governors had wished for. This collaboration with Wakefield College has been very successful and this fantastic new building we see before us is a testament to that. Our students will no longer have to travel far to receive excellent educational opportunities and they will also benefit from exceptional facilities and smaller class sizes.” 

Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright added: “The new Crofton Sixth Form marks another key milestone for both Wakefield College and Crofton Academy. Students will not only benefit from superb new facilities but also the expertise of our experienced staff who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills. I am delighted with how the new building looks and I’m sure the students from Crofton and the wider District will benefit from it for years to come.”


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DATE: 15 September, 2014

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