ACCRINGTON will soon have a full A-level programme at one of its high schools.
Approval for a new 270-place sixth form at St Christopher’s CE High School was granted by Lancashire County Council last month.
Work will start on a new £7.5M building on Queens Road West later this summer with the sixth form scheduled to open in September 2010. A total of 100 A-level places will be available.
The decision follows an eight-year campaign to bring A-Level teaching back to Hyndburn after Accrington and Rossendale College ended its programme.
Headteacher Alasdair Coates said: "We hope that widening local provisions will encourage youngsters to raise their aspirations. Higher qualifications help young people in a technological world."
The sixth form will also provide a further 35 places for students to follow other studies including the new diploma and some foundation places. Mr Coates added: "The school already works with a range of partners including other 11-16 schools, the local college and training providers, and we will be seeking to extend this to our sixth form.
"We are discussing an exciting collaboration with a local special school with a view to providing entry-level courses. This will be groundbreaking and the government and national bodies are interested in supporting it."
Head boy Jashir Masih, 15, of Nelson, said: "A pupil committee has had detailed discussions with the sixth form architect and is now working with interior designers on the detail.
"We are excited at the prospect of this new development and the fantastic opportunities that the future holds for students there."