New college will create 1,000 places

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The head of a new sixth form college says that it will create 1,000 places and offer 30 A-level subjects for students.

The Elliott Hudson College (EHC) for 16-19 year olds will open on a site near the White Rose Shopping Centre this September with the new head saying it will help pupils get into the country’s top universities.

It is being run by the Gorse Academies Trust which already oversees three schools in Leeds - Morley and Farnley Academies and a new free school, the Ruth Gorse Academy, which has opened on the Morley site but will move to its permanent home in the south of the city next year.

College principal designate David Holtham said: “The purpose of EHC is to provide exceptional Post 16 provision for the young people of the Morley Academy, Bruntcliffe Academy, The Farnley Academy, The Ruth Gorse Academy, our partner schools and other aspirational students from across the Leeds city region.

“It is the vision of EHC to deliver a rigorous, inspiring, academic curriculum which will allow our students to progress to the very best universities and careers of significance.

“The Gorse Academies Trust has secured close to £15 million of government funding to provide exceptional new facilities for our students, consequently we will be able to offer focused provision for the specialist needs of the 16-19 age group.

All at The Gorse Academies Trust are very excited about the positive benefits that EHC will bring to our community.”

He said the size of the Elliott Hudson College would allow it to offer more courses because of economies of scale. It will offer more than 30 different A-level subjects.