AN INDEPENDENT school in Andover has announced that its plans for a new sixth form are coming to fruition.

Earlier this month governors of Rookwood School unanimously agreed to launch the facility.

The new sixth form is expected to open in September 2021, so the current Year 9 intake will be the first group of students to take their A-Levels on the site.

With the provision, Rookwood will become the only independent ‘all-through’ school in the Andover area, educating children from the age of two through to 18.

Headmaster Anthony Kirk-Burgess said: “I am delighted that we will be opening a sixth form at Rookwood. We already have an excellent track record of achieving outstanding GCSE results and it seems only right for us to offer this exceptional level of teaching and learning at A-level.

“Rookwood’s Sixth Form will embrace the school’s philosophy of small classes, personalised learning, with excellent teaching and pastoral care. We believe that this approach will not only suit our current pupils, but also other students in the Andover area who are about to start their GCSEs.

Tessa Broadhead, whose daughter is in Year 9, said: “What fantastic news. We have long hoped for a sixth form and welcome the news that our daughter will not have to leave Rookwood School.

“We wanted her education to continue at a school right through to A-Level and not have to attend college at the tender age of 16.

“We have always been avid supporters of the staff, education and pastoral care that makes Rookwood an outstanding establishment for children.

“We totally support a sixth form. Our daughter will most definitely attend.”