Sixth form to close ahead of new college

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Morley Academy’s sixth form college will close this year, the school has confirmed.

Post 16 students will now attend the newly built Elliott Hudson College, which will open at Phoenix House on Global Avenue, near the White Rose Shopping Centre in September.

Morley Academy confirmed to the Observer that the sixth form was due to close but declined to comment further.

The new college will be open to students from the GORSE Academies Trust - made up of Morley Academy and accompanying secondaries Bruntcliffe School and the Farnley Academy.

The new facility has capacity for up to 520 students for next year.

On its website the college describes its ethos as “Unashamedly elitist”.

“Elliott Hudson will seek to attract the brightest and most ambitious students from across the city bringing them together in a place of learning which will be demanding and enjoyable” .

“Central characteristics of life at the college will be formal links with leading employers across the country and our partnership with the University of Cambridge which is truly unique.”

On a statement on its website, the new college’s principal Mr David Goltham said: “The opening of our college will celebrate the efforts of so many people who have worked long and hard to see high quality, academic, post 16 education provision in the South West of this great city. We are privileged that so many local families have put their faith and trust in us to provide, in partnership with them, the Post 16 education for their children.”

Elliot Hudson College was contacted but declined to comment.