Highbridge and Burnham MP James Heappey has heralded the huge success of the local sixth form as a real vote of confidence in the town and local economy.
The MP was reacting to news a record number of 103 students had just started at The King Alfred School Academy – double on this time last year – including six new international students.
TKASA has had a brilliant 18 months with a raft of good news, £1.2 million of site improvements and a huge increase in their GCSE results and wonderful A Level results.
Mr Heappey said: “I’m so pleased that The Priory Learning Trust’s decision to keep the Sixth Form at TKASA has paid off with such a strong intake this September and a huge expression of interest for next year.
“There are many routes to a successful career but studying for A Levels and other post-16 qualifications in a school setting is an important option and I’m thrilled that the future of that provision in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge now looks secure. It’s a real vote of confidence in our town and the local economy.”
The academy is part of The Priory Learning Trust and is attracting students from schools in Weston-super-Mare including Priory Community School Academy, Worle Community School Academy, as well as Bridgwater.
Students attending the sixth form receive a bursary for travel as well as a free laptop for their studies.