Closure-threatened South Yorkshire school to open a sixth form

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A Rotherham school which was facing closure two years ago has announced plans to introduce a sixth form.

Abbey Special School, in Kimberworth is to increase its offer to include Key Stage 1 and sixth form provision from this September, thanks to support from Rotherham Council.

The Kimberworth school, run by the Nexus Multi-Academy Trust, went from inadequate to good in just under a year last year.

Headteacher Luci Windle said: “Staff and governors have worked so hard to push Abbey School forward and we are all so excited about being able add something new and different to the Rotherham local offer.

"Nexus MAT has played a key role in supporting Abbey School realise our vision for doing more for our children and young people, and we can’t wait for September to start delivering.”

The plans will increase places at the school to 110 initially and 120 by 2018.

Abbey School is a founding school within Nexus Multi Academy Trust, established last year, alongside Hilltop and Kelford schools.

Ian Thomas, strategic director of children and young people’s services at Rotherham Council said: “This is great news for the school and the trust and one which we are glad to have played a part in helping to deliver.

"This development at Abbey School is another key milestone in its journey towards excellence and for the Council this move is instrumental in making sure there are good local places available for all our children, including those with special needs.”

Warren Carratt, Nexus MAT chief executive, added: “We are very fortunate to have excellent working relationships with the commissioners at Rotherham Council.

"Whilst the vision for Key Stage 1 and sixth form at Abbey was developed by the school community, we couldn’t have achieved this so quickly without the support of the council.

"Nationally there is a real squeeze on special school places and expansion of provision at Nexus academies is a helpful means of keeping children and young people in the borough, accessing the best education possible.

"Nexus will continue to work closely with families, the council and our multi agency partners to do as much as we can to make Rotherham the best place for people to live."

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