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This is the space-age future of Appleton sixth form
THIS is the first look at the proposed £700,000 sixth form at the Appleton School in Benfleet.
Plans have been submitted to Castle Point Council for the 300 - place centre, which could create about 18 new jobs.
If the proposals are given the go-ahead by councillors, building would start early next year, with the facility expected to open in September 2014.
The state-of-the-art building is being independently funded by the school, which became an academy in 2011.
Appleton was given the goahead for the project by the Education Funding Agency, the body which pays for school places, in July.
It will include classrooms, seminar rooms, a laboratory, a library, offices and a Costa Coffee cafe.
The block will be built inside the school’s former gym, which is being used as a temporary canteen while a new one is built.
Headteacher Karen Kerridge said: “As a school we have outstanding exam results and about 93 per cent of our pupils go on to post-16 education.
“We wanted the opportunity to offer that here, with outstanding provision.”
The college will offer a mix of A level and Btec courses.
There will be 150 places available in each year group, but 120 of these will be reserved for pupils who have attended the school between Years 7 and 11.
School bosses say plans for the new sixth form have been in the pipeline for about two years and have been backed by parents.
In its report to Castle Point Council, school bosses say the existing facilities are now too small for the size of the school, which is why it wants to build the sixth form.
They say the proposed building is energy efficient and will provide “much-needed spaces and social areas for a new intake of sixth formers”.
Mrs Kerridge added: “We believe the sixth form pupils will be fantastic role models for our younger children and will continue to raise aspirations about staying in education
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