MP’s ‘shock’ at sixth form closure

Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.
Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy’s sixth form closure has come as a ‘shock’ to Erewash MP Maggie Throup, who calls for immediate action.

The Conservative member of parliament said she has reacted swiftly to news that OIEA will close the department at the end of this academic year, forcing year 12s to complete their studies elsewhere, and has responded with a vow to take the matter to the Secretary of State.

Erewash MP Maggie Throup.

Erewash MP Maggie Throup.

She said: “This news has come as a shock and is deeply disappointing for all those affected, not least to new students who began their studies in September.

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“I will be meeting with the Principal of OIEA today (Thursday October 8) to discuss the immediate future of the Sixth Form and what measures are being put in place to support students and staff at this time.

“In the coming days I will hold similar conversations with Derbyshire County Council and the Ormiston Trust, as well as seeking an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State for Education to explore the possibility of funding being made available to keep the Sixth Form open until July 2017, which would allow new year 12 students to complete their A Levels at the school.

“I will of course keep the local community updated on any progress I make as and when new information becomes available.

“In the mean anyone wanting to contact me directly about the planned closure can do so by emailing maggie@maggiethroup.com or telephoning my community office on 0115 9722419.”

OIEA Principal Dave Smith has already confirmed the school will do all it can to support pupils’ progression from year 12.

He told the Advertiser: “We are designing an individual progression package for each of the lower sixth students as a priority. They will be able to complete all courses to the end of this academic year and we are working with them to find suitable high quality courses in the local area from 2016.

“We have a responsibility to provide an outstanding education for our students and must ensure that we continue to do so. The academy’s Year 11 results are increasing and this decision enables us to put an even greater focus on the quality of teaching and learning for Years 7-11.

“We recognise that parents and students will be concerned and that we will do all we can to support them.”