A NEW sixth form college in Bedford town centre has signed a deal to move into the former site of Bedford High School.
The Bedford Sixth Form, which will run under the auspices of Bedford College, will open in September as the only specialist sixth form in town.
A ten-year lease has now been signed, and the head of campus will be Gail Cocozza (pictured), who is currently the leader of Bedford College’s Bridges Centre for 14 to 16-year-olds.
Ian Pryce, principal of Bedford College, said: “It is an opportunity of a lifetime to take over an establishment which has such a long history of providing educational excellence and to continue that tradition as a state sixth form.
“The new team we are putting in place, led by Gail, will be working to maintain our Outstanding status. Ofsted have said our results are outstanding and we should compare ourselves to the best sixth form colleges.
“This special and separate environment will allow us to focus even more strongly on academic achievement for those who want to go on to top universities.
“It is great news for those in Bedford who believe choice in education leads to improved service and standards for the local community.”
David Russell, CEO of the Harpur Trust which is the parent body of several private schools in town including Bedford High School, said, “We are delighted that the buildings, which are such a part of the landscape in Bedford, will continue to be used for educational purposes, albeit in a very different way.
“We are also very pleased as this arrangement will ensure that the fantastic swimming and other facilities currently used by people in the town will remain available for use by the community. This is an excellent outcome for the charity, the college and Bedford.”
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