Sibford appoints new head of Sixth Form

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Cate Mallalieu-Needle is pictured with some of Sibford’s current Year 10 pupils …
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Sibford School has announced the appointment of Cate Mallalieu-Needle as its new head of Sixth Form studies.

Cate, who has extensive experience and expertise in post 16 education, will take up the position in September 2014.

Speaking about her appointment she said: “Young people today are facing a future in a very challenging world. They are also embarking on A level qualifications that, I firmly believe, have become increasingly more academically complex.

“To prepare for these challenges, students need individualised support and guidance and I am delighted that Sibford School will provide me with the opportunity to share my skills and understanding with students on a one-to-one basis.

“I am hugely excited by the future and I am looking forward to what this will mean for myself, the sixth formers and their tutors.”

For the past four years, Cate has been Director of Post 16 Studies at Cooper School in Bicester. For five years prior to that she was head of sixth form at Chipping Norton School.

Sibford School head Michael Goodwin said: “We are delighted to welcome Cate to the team here at Sibford and look forward to the skills and enthusiasm she brings with her. When Cate joined Cooper School there was no existing provision for students to stay on after GCSEs. She oversaw the successful creation of their Post 16 Study Centre and I know that many of the talents she displayed in carrying out this task will be of great benefit to Sibford.”

Sibford Sixth Form provides a range of post-16 opportunities for both Sibford’s own pupils and to pupils who join from other schools.

Cate met up with some of her new students when she visited Sibford recently to chat with current year 10 and 11 pupils and their parents.

“I have chosen to move to Sibford because the school has an established reputation and ethos of individual support for all students and beliefs of tolerance and respect which strive to bring out the best in everyone,” she said.

“I plan to build on this very firm foundation and to support all students with their individual plans and aims for the future – whether that be heading for University or taking a vocational route.

“I will be looking at the courses currently on offer and seeing how these can be expanded to provide you with a challenging, exciting and relevant environment. I will also be on hand to help you to develop essential study skills, provide academic mentoring and generally increase the number of options open to you.”

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