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Portland's first sixth form launched

The first sixth form to open on Portland will offer "cutting edge" courses and small class sizes, its principal says.

The post-16 education facility at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) launched earlier at its Osprey Quay campus.

Principal Alison Appleyard said she hoped potential pupils would offer suggestions for courses.

The centre is expected to open to students in September next year.

Ms Appleyard said she was not yet sure how many students would sign up, but said the centre, which was developed after a year-long consultation, needed to be "sustainable".

She said classes would contain about 10 pupils each and the curriculum would offer a "full range of academic and vocational courses".

IPACA opened in September 2012 replacing five schools on the island - Grove, Brackenbury and Underhill, Southwell and Royal Manor Arts College.

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