A PUBLIC meeting is to be held to discuss plans to create a sixth form at Icknield Community College in Watlington.
The college governors want to extend the top end of its students’ age band from 16 to 18 and to offer A level courses. They say this would help students who currently have to travel to places such as The Henley College and save their families money on the cost of transport. The meeting will be held at the college at 6.30pm on Monday and the governors and headteacher Mat Hunter will meet Watlington parish councillors on Wednesday.
In a statement, the college said: “Students at Icknield Community College have always had to travel to other centres to continue their education as there is a lack of local provision. We believe that the students are unfairly disadvantaged by this arrangement.
“Through an absence of immediate local choice for their post-16 education, families are forced to face significant, and growing, transport costs. Some students suffer from long, early morning journeys that impact on their quality of life. Furthermore, there are also significant environmental costs resulting from these extra journeys.”
The college, in Love Lane, hopes to offer 20 A level courses including maths, English literature, art and sociology from September next year. For the academic year beginning in September it will have 615 pupils up to the age of 16 but within four years it hopes to have 785.