A SCHOOL has announced its first ever head of sixth form ahead of welcoming A-level students in September.

The Swan School in Oxford unveiled Laura Megaw, who was previously an assistant headteacher in Rome.

She joins the Marston school, which became the first completely new secondary in the city for more than 50 years when it opened in 2019.

Ms Megaw was previously assistant headteacher at St George’s British International School in Rome and has also held leadership posts at schools in London.

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She said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to really shape and grow a sixth form culture in which each individual can become the best version of themselves.

“I passionately believe in providing an education that offers opportunities both academically for students to reach their desired careers and universities of choice, as well as genuine, meaningful leadership and electives opportunities that allow each individual to explore and develop their passions and interests.

“Joining the Swan School this September is a unique opportunity to become a founding member and leader of our sixth form, and to shape our sixth form culture for future generations.

“Not only will founding members benefit from our new, purpose-built facilities, but they will also join our small, close-knit community of students and staff embarking on this exciting journey together.”

Oxford Mail: Laura Megaw has been revealed as the head of sixth form at The Swan SchoolLaura Megaw has been revealed as the head of sixth form at The Swan School

The sixth form will accept up to 80 students on A-level courses this September, offering courses in a range of subjects, including English, maths, French, history and business studies.

Other courses, including economics, geography and sociology, will be available through a partnership with The Cherwell School.

Applications, which have now opened on the school’s website, are scheduled to close on February 28.

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The Swan School headteacher Kay Wood said: “We are delighted to have found Laura. She is the perfect person to drive forward a sixth form that is rigorously academic and focused on delivering excellent outcomes, while also helping students to become outstanding and rounded young adults.

“Laura will be pivotal to setting the culture of our new sixth form and also enabling the first students to play their part in setting that culture.”

The Swan School is in its first year at its multi-million pound home having spent 12 months in temporary accommodation next to The Cherwell School.

It is part of the River Learning Trust, an Oxfordshire-based multi-academy trust that also operates The Cherwell, The Oxford Academy, Wheatley Park, The Marlborough and Gosford Hill secondaries.