PRIOR Park School has announced the opening of its new Sixth Form.

The Gibraltar-based independent school – which has grown from 55 to 95 pupils in just a year – will launch the A-level curriculum from September next year.

“The time is right for us now to open a Sixth Form,” explained Headmaster Peter Watts.

“This is a really crucial stage in the school’s development because you look to your senior students to lead younger students and act as positive role models.

“We believe that a senior school isn’t just somewhere you come to get excellent academic results, although that it is important too.”

The growth is all part of a plan to eventually host between 200 and 300 students at the school.

The former Sacred Heart campus was renovated in 2016 and will include a common room built for the sixth formers, where they will be able to work and relax in between lessons.

A special Sixth Form Open Day for interested students and parents is to be held on October 26.

Prior Park School is one of a group of three schools, the other two being based in Bath in the UK.