Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Sixth Form Consultation

Monday, 7 January 2019
Sixth Form Consultation

RE: BRIDGEND POST 16 CONSULTATION

As you may be aware Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) is reviewing whether the current sixth form provision should be altered, and is inviting the public to have their say.
There are sixth forms in every secondary school in Bridgend County Borough, varying in size from 76 to 347 pupils. Around 40 pupils also attend the sixth form provision at each of the county borough’s two special schools, while Bridgend College provides a range of ’vocational pathways’. In the new public consultation, which opened on Monday, December 3rd and closes on Friday, February 22nd 2019, parents, pupils, teachers and other interested parties will be asked to say whether they would prefer to retain and change the current sixth form system, or choose an alternative. Separate arrangements are being proposed for Welsh-medium and faith education.
There are six concepts for consultation:
Concept 1 - The retention of sixth forms in all schools - the ’status quo’
Concept 2 - The closure of all sixth forms and the development of a local authority maintained sixth form centre
Concept 3 - The closure of all sixth forms and the development of a further education (FE) college governed sixth form centre
Concept 4 - A mix of school sixth forms with some mergers to create a new local authority maintained sixth form centre(s)
Concept 5 - A mix of school sixth forms with some mergers to create new FE college governed sixth form centre(s)
Concept 6 - A full tertiary model governed by the FE sector
The council’s preferred options are concepts four and five
The online survey is available for all stakeholders at:
https://www.bridgend.gov.uk/my-council/equalities-and-engagement/consultations/current-consultations/the-potential-re-organisation-of-post-16-provision
May I encourage you to take part in the online consultation event. The sixth form is a very important part of our school. We have almost 300 students in year 12 + 13 who follow almost 40 different qualifications and we enjoy consistently excellent results. At our school we are very proud of the first class pastoral care we provide our students which prepares our students for the challenges ahead.

BCBC will also be holding a series of interactive workshops at Porthcawl Comprehensive with students, staff and Governors on the 21st February. A report on the outcomes of the consultation will be provided to Cabinet members in April 2019, and further public consultation would then be held before any final decision is taken.

As such we would like to invite you to attend the aforementioned workshop on the 21st February in order that you can express your views on the proposed changes to sixth form provision. It will take place at 4.30pm in the sixth form hall. I look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely
Andrew Slade
Headteacher

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