In October 2006, the Schools Adjudicators’ Office gave permission for three schools: Nunthorpe, Eston Park and Gillbrook, to become 11 – 19 maintained schools with effect from 2008.
This followed over nine years of active campaigning to secure school based Post 16 provision in Redcar and Cleveland LA. By the time of the adjudicator’s decision, the work of the collaborative, to be known as ‘The Sixth Form Experience’ was well underway having secured £9.8m (following successful Post 16 Capital Bid to National LSC in June 2006) for two new buildings to house our Post 16 expansion – one based on the Normanby campus; the other based at Nunthorpe. The Headteacher and governing bodies of the three schools were determined that the partnership would be a fluid, flexible one – responding quickly to the needs of all learners as they evolve and develop.
Since the formation of The Sixth Form Experience all three schools have secured Academy status. The Nunthorpe Sixth Form has grown and as anticipated, the curriculum has adapted according to the needs of the students who apply.
Currently we offer a Level 3 academic curriculum with the key focus on A levels. The significant majority of students apply and move on to university with over a third of students securing places at Russell Group universities.
Academic studies are supported by a comprehensive pastoral programme to ensure students are equipped with the necessary skills to move on into the world of work or further study. We endeavour to be known for excellence, choice, diversity and quality in our Post 16 provision.