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Panic over after sixth form shuts
2:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
Former Lavington School students, who were lift high and dry when Wiltshire College decided to close its sixth form centre in Salisbury, have found alternative courses.
The college’s decision to close the sixth form at Salisbury came five days before students received their GCSE results last Thursday. College bosses said the reason was due to small class sizes at A-level and AS-level.
One affected pupil was Emma Miller, 16, of Tilshead, who was going to study four A-levels at Salisbury College.
After collecting her GCSE results from Lavington School she went to the college and applied for a vocational course in travel and tourism, equivalent to three A-levels and, after an interview on Tuesday, was told she had been accepted.
Emma said: “When I got the letter from the college telling me I wouldn’t be able to study A-levels there I was completely devastated. It was a big shock. I was looking forward to it and had everything sorted. Everybody was worrying about their GCSE results and what grades they would get. I was thinking if I haven’t got a place at college my grades will not be as important.”
She said two other former Lavington pupils, who were also affected, had secured places, one at Salisbury College and one at Sarum Academy in Salisbury.
Emma’s mum, Dawn Miller, said: “The staff at Salisbury College have been really good, my gripe is with whoever made the decision to close the sixth form. My heart goes out to kids who were halfway through AS- level. If they can’t find anywhere else under the same examining body, they will have wasted an entire year.”