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THE leaders of sixth-form colleges have outlined their priorities to education and skills minister Nick Boles.

Leaders from South Downs College, Havant College, Oaklands Catholic School and others met Mr Boles in Westminster at a meeting organised by Havant MP Alan Mak.

The meeting came amid a government ‘area-based review’ of Havant’s education needs.

South Downs College principal Mike Gaston said he was pleased to be part of the meeting. He said: ‘South Downs is already a regional leader for a wide range of qualifications, including vocational education and apprenticeships.

‘Alan’s meeting was a good opportunity to discuss our ambitious plans with the minister as the area-based review gets under way.’