New sixth form college for South Leeds

A new post-16 academic sixth form college is set to open in South Leeds in September 2015.

Elliott Hudson College 1The Elliott Hudson College will be located close to the White Rose Centre with provision for 500 students per year. Parents and students at an information morning at Cockburn School on Saturday (15 November 2014) heard that the exact location will be announced once the ‘building is secured’ in the next two weeks. It is understood that the college will take over and refurbish an existing block on the office park.

Elliott Hudson College will focus exclusively on A Levels and not offer vocational courses. Their website offers 36 subjects ranging from Accounting to Spanish. David Holtham, the Principal Designate who takes up his post in January, explained that they had established a unique partnership with Cambridge University and aimed at academic excellence:

“I want to see our young people stepping forward and achieving more than they thought they were capable of.”

The college will be run by the Gorse Academies Trust who run Morley and Farnley Academies and have just established the Ruth Gorse Academy which is due to move to purpose built premises on Black Bull Street in Hunslet in September 2016.

The college will replace the current sixth form provision at Morley and Farnley and so these students’ applications will get priority. Cockburn is one of three partner schools whose students will be selected next ahead of other students in Leeds. Applications for a place can be made via the college website or via the UCAS Progress website. The closing date is Friday 30 January 2015.