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JMA confirms ongoing Sixth Form provision

On 27th March, The White Horse Federation and John Madejski Academy were pleased to announce that JMA’s Sixth Form provision will be continued while further curriculum and financial reviews are conducted.

Our aim is to provide students with an improved but also sustainable long-term provision, building on recent successes to promote positive outcomes for our students.

John Madejski Academy has already invested in expanding its diverse and attractive provision, including an Elite Sports programme offered as part of the Sixth Form. The White Horse Federation’s aim is to broaden JMA’s offer to an even wider range of students.

JMA is not without a host of reasons to celebrate, and in recent days the JMA Rockets Girls Team won the Girls’ Under 18 National League Championship (South), while the Rockets Boys Team won the Boys Under 16 Championship (South). In the Performing Arts Department, the JMA Choir achieved the prodigious title of Choir of the Year (Reading).

Ian Jones, COO & CFO of The White Horse Federation, said: “Over the last few months we have been working closely with the Principal, Governors, and Stakeholders of JMA to ensure we meet our joint commitment to delivering  a sustainable, high-quality education provision for all pupils.

“I am delighted to confirm that with support from The White Horse Federation, John Madejski Academy Sixth Form will be continuing its valuable post-16 education to maximise the benefit of young people in the area.

“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.”

In time, JMA’s Sixth Form provision will be revised to include a broader selection of academic and vocational courses, with a view to increasing the opportunities available to young people.

Laura Ellener, Principal of John Madejski Academy, 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 and 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.”

The White Horse Federation has a proven record of improving the educational provision of the schools within its Trust. Nick Capstick, CEO of The White Horse Federation, said: “The White Horse Federation is proud of the improvements it has made in Primary and Secondary schools in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and Gloucestershire. Our team is committed to extending their skill and experience in support of JMA.”