People urged to show support for return of A-levels to Fareham

Cams Hill School in Fareham is holding a meeting about bringing A-levels back to the town      Picture posed by models
Cams Hill School in Fareham is holding a meeting about bringing A-levels back to the town Picture posed by models
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A-LEVEL qualifications could be returning to Fareham after a four-year hiatus, according to MP Suella Fernandes.

Discussions are to be held at Cams Hill School in Fareham on Friday and people are being urged to show their support.

Miss Fernandes said she was proud to be spearheading the motion, along with Cams Hill School headteacher Gwennan Harrison-Jones.

Miss Fernandes, who was elected to her seat in May, said bringing A-levels back to Fareham was one of her main priorities after she received many letters from parents who have to send their children to schools and colleges in Winchester, Eastleigh and Portsmouth.

Currently more than 1,000 students travel out of the borough to study A-levels.

She said: ‘This meeting is an opportunity to present the vision and to get some local parents, volunteers and people from the community, and teachers, on side with the project.’

She said the plans could see a free school set up with spaces for between 400 and 600 students.

It would be operated independently from Cams Hill and a location has not yet been identified.

Miss Fernandes, a member of the Education Select Committee and who also helped set up Michaela Community School in Wembley last year, said she has held meetings with the Department for Education and that if there is enough demand, A-levels could be back in 2017.

Mrs Harrison-Jones, who took over the role at the school in September, said that Friday’s meeting was to ascertain whether there was a demand.

Mrs Harrison-Jones said: ‘I’m passionate about extending life chances for young people and offering them local choice for A-level study is vital.

‘I’m aware that learners aged 16 to 19 have to travel a significant distance out of the area at a huge time and financial cost to themselves and their families.

‘This troubles me as every moment of time is so crucial and I firmly believe time could be saved and lives enhanced by offering A-levels in Fareham.’

Fareham College was the last place to offer the exams to substantial numbers, scrapping them in 2013, although Meoncross School, an independent co-ed in Stubbington, started offering them to a small number of students in September.

The meeting will be held at Cams Hill School, in Shearwater Avenue, at 11am on Friday. Any interested parties are invited. To secure a place e-mail headteacher@camshill.com. People with views should also e-mail.