A BOURNEMOUTH sixth form will close its doors for good after students take their exams this summer.

Falling pupil numbers at Oak Academy in Kinson have led the Ambitions Academies Trust (AAT)to make the decision to close.

The sixth form currently has just 27 pupils in Year 13. There are no students in Year 12 because the closure was anticipated.

Sian Thomas, Trust CEO, said students were warned in advance of the closure and that all who wanted to enter sixth form education have gained places elsewhere.

She said: "There are a lot of other providers in the area including The Bourne Academy and The Bishop of Winchester Academy."

Oak Academy was graded as Requires Improvement by Ofsted last year and Mrs Thomas said AAT is now focusing on providing an outstanding education for pupils in Years 7-11.

When inspectors examined the sixth form they said: "The school has shown commitment to ensuring that students receive a better quality of education than they have had in the past, before the provision closes at the end of the academic year."