CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSED CLOSURE OF THE SIXTH FORM AND REDUCTION IN THE PUBLISHED ADMISSION NUMBER (PAN) AT BRIDGNORTH ENDOWED SCHOOL
Dear Parents and Carers,
Please find links to the consultation documents in the right-hand menu. These relate to the closure of the Sixth Form and reduction in the Published Admission Number (PAN) at Bridgnorth Endowed School, which I would welcome your views on.
Although I feel somewhat sad to be consulting on this, as the end of an era is always bittersweet, I feel very optimistic that this is the right recommendation to make. We currently only have 38 students in Year 13, and 16 students in Year 12, and this is clearly not financially viable going forward.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that sixth forms with fewer than 200 students are at risk of not being financially viable, meaning small schools with sixth forms may be required to divert significant funds from their 11-16 budget in order to subsidise their small sixth form.
The decision to close the Sixth Form at Bridgnorth Endowed School will mean that we are able to concentrate all of our focus and resources on creating an outstanding 11-16 secondary school. Without the need to subsidise our small sixth form it will mean more funds will be available to improve our school, which might include purchasing effective learning resources, running additional extra-curricular activities and offering more enrichment opportunities for students in Years 7 to 11.
Fortunately, there exists a wealth of very high quality provision in the local area. I have visited institutions in Shrewsbury, Stourbridge and Kidderminster and I am hugely impressed with what is on offer for our young people. I am delighted that all of these institutions have expressed a keen interest in working closely with us and it is exciting to consider how this could develop in the future.
At Bridgnorth Endowed School, we have seen increasing numbers of our young people opting for 16-19 provision in Shrewsbury and Stourbridge; however, students wishing to remain in Bridgnorth to study can apply to the Oldbury Wells School Bridgnorth Sixth Form. The Oldbury Wells School Bridgnorth Sixth Form is offering a wide range of A Level courses, and has introduced a number of new vocational courses for September 2019.
A reduction in the PAN will enable us to create a school structure that will bring about greater staffing and financial stability and will allow Bridgnorth Endowed School to be successful in the future.
As you know, the past few years have seen Bridgnorth Endowed School make significant improvement, and I really want our full focus to be on the journey towards outstanding across years 7 to 11. I know this is the right next move to enable us to do so.
Please Note: The current Year 12 will continue into Year 13 with no changes and no disruption to their studies.
Thank you for your consideration.
Mr B Worth