Hundreds of young people eager to progress to A Levels in September enjoyed a welcome reception at the area's newest A Level Academy last night (26/06/18).
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The Attlee A Level Academy in E1 will open fully refurbished facilities in a dedicated centre at new City College's Arbour Square campus this September.
The new Attlee Academy combines the expert teaching, resources and 24 subject options from New City College's Hackney and Tower Hamlets campuses, giving local people more choice and more opportunity.
In addition to A Level study, the new Passport to London enrichment programme - which guarantees that every student will get experience with industry, top universities, cultural and academic trips - is an important aspect of the Attlee experience.
One applicant, 16 year-old Jamal from Bow, said: "This has been a totally different experience for me. The staff have taken the time to find out all about me, my interests and what I want to do, rather than just focusing on my predicted GCSE grades. The teachers are all really into their subjects. I definitely want to come here."
Six of the Academy's partner universities were represented at the welcome reception, helping applicants to understand which A Level choices are most appropriate for their chosen degrees and future career paths.
Dr Marie Bootman, Director of the Attlee A Level Academy, said: "We know that local people have the potential to achieve great things, and we are doing all that we can to support them. Bringing our A Level provision into one dedicated centre will give a clear focus on academic study, with many many opportunities for extra experiences."
New City College has invested £1.6m into its new Attlee A Level Academy.
Almost 900 applications have been received for the 194 1st year A Level places for students this September.
Applicants will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs grades 9-4 (A*-C) to secure a place.