Bilton School granted 11-18 status by Department for Education

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Students can now enrol at the Bilton School sixth form from next month after it was granted 11-18 status.

The school said it was ‘delighted’ that it had formally been granted 11-18 status by the Department for Education.

This means the school can enrol students into its own sixth form from September 2013.

Headteacher Patsy Weighill said: “We started sixth form provision on the site in September 2012 in collaboration with our partner school Coundon Court in Coventry.

“Students were enrolled at Coundon and taught at Bilton. We had planned to continue this arrangement for up to three years, but we are delighted that the DfE has recognised the quality of the provision here, which has been quality assured by Coundon Court and our first set of AS Level results are very good indeed.

“The DfE has therefore granted us permission to enrol students at Bilton and to formally change the age range of the school. This means that the sixth form at Bilton is permanent and I am sure will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Mrs Weighill said she was on holiday when she received confirmation and could not stop smiling.

She continued: “It means such a lot to the school and our students to have our improvements recognised and to be able to offer our students the opportunity to continue their studies at the school.

“As our results have improved so rapidly over the last few years, many more students are meeting the entry criteria for A Level study and we have had 140 applications for places from this September.

“We will continue to work with Coundon Court to develop and share good practice across the two schools but I know our students and their parents/carers, who are already confident about the quality of our teaching and support, will welcome this news.”