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Councillors visit Haywood Sixth Form Academy

Staff and students from Haywood Sixth Form Academy will receive a visit from three Stoke-on-Trent city councillors on Thursday 3 March.

Cllrs. Jack Brereton and Abi Brown will visit Haywood Sixth Form Academy along with Louise Rees, Executive Director – People, Jo Tyzzer, Assistant Director – Regeneration, Planning and Development and local historian Fred Hughes to see the positive outcome from the funding that the new sixth form received last year.

The visit takes place ahead of a planned £1.5m refurbishment to prepare The Burslem School of Art for Haywood Sixth Form Academy’s new intake of students in September.

Carl Ward, Executive Headteacher, said: “We’re looking forward to updating our visitors on the successful restoration and refurbishment that has already breathed new life into Burslem’s historic town hall.

“The forthcoming refurbishment will provide our students with additional purpose-built facilities, whilst retaining an art and cultural facility for community use out of school hours in partnership with The Burslem School of Art Trust. This second phase of building work is part of our commitment to improving the wider community in Burslem for the future of students, past, present and future.”

Haywood Sixth Form Academy has quickly become a thriving sixth form college where young people are inspired and offered first class support to help them succeed and progress into university, apprenticeships or work.

Councillor Jack Brereton, cabinet member for regeneration, heritage and transport at the city council, said: “The plans for Burslem School of Art present an opportunity to secure the future of this iconic building for generations of students to come and will be another positive step forward in the ongoing regeneration of the Mother Town. This would be a significant investment which would give a large number of students purpose-built facilities to allow them to develop their skills further and we have been working closely with the academy to develop the plans. Furthermore, the move would bring considerable extra footfall into the town centre, which will be great news for local businesses.”

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The staff here are excited about the extensive opportunities for collaborative working, sharing of teaching and learning expertise and resources and partnership development work, all of which will provide excellent learning opportunities for the children of our city.

Sharon Bates

Headteacher, Mill Hill Primary School