An outstanding school has been awarded £2.6 million to build a bespoke sixth form centre after demand for places significantly increased.
Ashlawn School was given the funds by the Education Funding agency after successfully bidding to develop its teaching premises.
We’re proud to say we’re sending more and more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge as our A-level results are outstandingJohn Moore, Ashlawn School’s chairman of governors
The dedicated sixth form unit, which governors hope will be up and running in September next year, plans to house a dining room, common room, classrooms, IT suites and other facilities.
Ashlawn School’s chairman of governors, John Moore, said: “We are delighted to have become a school of choice for parents both in and beyond our catchment area and this is predominantly due to the outstanding quality of teaching and learning, the exceptional rates of progress and the high levels of attainment and achievement that are consistently made by our students each year.”
All pupils will be able to use the new classrooms for studying but governors hope the sixth form unit will give older students more independence.
With the school being rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted inspectors, the number of applications for the sixth form has more than doubled and its Year 7 group is currently oversubscribed.
Ashlawn has 256 Year 7 places but has received around 500 applications. Last year, a further 40 pupils joined the Year 7 group after parents appealed decisions.
Its sixth form offers a range of courses including accountancy, sociology, business and English language.
Mr Moore added: “The school is incredibly popular and it really is outstanding. It’s down to great leadership from Lois and the senior management, as well as the brilliant teachers who are absolutely dedicated to the school.
“We’re proud to say we’re sending more and more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge as our A-level results are outstanding. I’ve been a governor at Ashlawn for 27 years and the standard of education has got better and better over the years.”
Mark Pawsey met with David Laws, the Minister of State for Schools, and Ashlawn representatives to put the case for the bid in March while he was MP for Rugby.
Mr Pawsey said: “Ashlawn is recognised as an outstanding school in our area. I was very pleased to introduce headteacher Lois Reed and chairman of governors John Moore to the minister at our meeting in March.
“The news that the school has been successful in its bid to develop a new sixth form centre will be most welcome for parents and pupils here in Rugby.”
Ashlawn was one of only 60 schools selected to become a National Teaching School last year. It takes a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.