The New College Doncaster Free School has been given approval by the Department for Education.
The project, which is aiming to set up a new 16-19 sixth form college in the centre of Doncaster, is being developed by NEW College Pontefract. It plans to open to 500 new students in September 2016.
Pauline Hagen, Principal of NEW College Pontefract, said: “I am very pleased and excited about today’s good news, which is a significant milestone in our journey towards opening the school. I know there will be hard work ahead but every member of the team is committed to the vision for our free school, and to the provision of outstanding educational opportunities for young people. Our planned school will create a dynamic centre for post-16 learning in central Doncaster, supporting achievement, aspiration and progression, and contributing to the strengths of the community.”
NEW College Pontefract is the first sixth form college in the country to have achieved a Grade 1 in every curriculum area of an Ofsted inspection since the new inspection framework was introduced in 2011. It was recently selected to become a National Teaching School, the first and only sixth form college in the Yorkshire and Humberside region to have achieved this status.