FEARS that a Sixth Form programme may be scrapped have been rejected by the academy trust in charge of the secondary school.

Leaders of White Horse Federation explained that there were plans to secure the long-term provision for Sixth Form students at John Madejski Academy (JMA).

The school was removed from special measures after its latest Ofsted inspection and it is hoped that the programme can be revised to provide further options for young people.

Principal Laura Ellener said: “The role that JMA has within our local community is of vital importance. We are confident that with the support of teachers, parents, and students, we are creating a school for everyone to be proud of and which gives students the very best opportunity to fulfil their potential in life.

“Our elite and academic Sixth Form students are fantastic role models and already contribute so much to the lower school. We are excited that they will be based on the main site from next year.

“Our expert teachers are coaches work tirelessly to ensure that students are ready to progress into university, higher level apprenticeships, work, or the world of professional sport.

“Furthermore, we have been in discussion with a number of stakeholders about expanding the offer at JMA and will make an announcement in due course about the extended provision we intend to make available for our students.

“We are confident that more and more parents will choose JMA as their first preference for their children. That is our clear ambition, and what will ultimately ensure our post-16 provision is sustainable long into the future.”

JMA has already invested in expanding the provision, including an Elite Sports programme.

Recent success stories to come from the school include the JMA Rockets Girls Team, who won the Under 18 National League Championships.

Ian Jones, chief financial officer of The White Horse Federation, said: “We have been working to ensure we meet our joint commitment to delivering a sustainable, high-quality education provision for all pupils.

“Over the coming months and years, we will be working to ensure that we continue to increase the quality of curriculum and teaching, building on fantastic recent improvements to enable JMA students to thrive from the age of 11 right through to 18.”