Sixth Form Consultation

The Directors of the Castle Partnership Academy Trust and Local Governing Body at Castle Manor Academy have decided to consult on the proposal not to recruit new Sixth Form students from September 2016. It is a decision taken following much discussion and with considerable regret and in effect, the proposal means that the Sixth Form would close when the current Year 12 students complete their studies in Summer 2017.

The future of school sixth forms has been highlighted in the media over many months, particularly in light of the budget changes for post-16 funding which have gradually declined over the last two years.

The average sixth form college has around 1,700 students, while the average school sixth form has over 200. The DfE recognises that sixth forms with less than 200 students struggle to deliver a broad programme at a sufficiently high standard and are at high risk of not being viable financially. Castle Manor Academy has 57 students in the sixth form and, in recent years, has never had more than 127, despite continued efforts to rebrand and recruit, working with the local authority, other providers, students, industry and other stakeholders.

Large Sixth Form colleges are only able to offer a wide range of courses because of the large volumes of students they house. In reality this means for Castle Manor Academy students that they must either go elsewhere or pick from the limited range of courses we have been able to offer. This limits a student’s ability to choose what they would either like to do, or would be more suited to, in preparation for Higher Education or employment. Hence, in making this decision, Directors and Governors want the most appropriate and best options for all our students.

In changing the age range from 11-18 to 11-16, this will allow resources to be focused on improving outcomes for Years 7 to 11 whilst also ensuring that students moving on have the best access to courses.

A four-week consultation period runs from 16th November 2015 until 11th December 2015 and provides all stakeholders with the opportunity to present their opinions. The views of local stakeholders are important to the trust and you are invited to complete the feedback via the Castle Manor website by 11th December 2015.

A copy of the letter sent to parents and additional information can be found below.

201511 CMA Sixth Form Consultation
201511 CMA Sixth Form Consultation
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201511 CMA Sixth Form Consultation
201511 CMA Sixth Form Consultation
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