Academy to keep Year 12s who can’t find places next year

Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.
Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Year 12s are being told they won’t have to leave school after their AS levels if they can’t find places elsewhere.

Following a meeting between Erewash MP Maggie Throup and Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy and the Ormiston Trust, it has been agreed that the Academy will continue to have individual conversations with the students and their parents, as well as other sixth form providers in the area, so that alternative personalised curriculum pathways are found.

The Academy said: “(We) will support a cohort of current Year 12 students from next September when they move into Year 13, where alternative suitable provision cannot be found at other establishments.

OIEA Principal Dave Smith said: “I am pleased that, if a cohort of current Year 12 students are not able to find suitable places at other providers for next September, we will continue to support them.”

Maggie Throup MP added: “I remain committed to working with the Academy to ensure the best possible outcome for all current Year 12 students to ensure they will not be disadvantaged by this recent decision. Longer term I am optimistic that the 11-16 students will have the very best education, and I will continually hold the Academy, and its trust, to account to ensure that this is the case. “In addition I will still be meeting with the Education Secretary when Parliament returns next week to discuss the situation further.”