Bradford Council is consulting on proposals to increase the number of pupils aged between 11 and 16 at Carlton Bolling College and to close the school’s sixth form.
If the plans are approved the school would take on an extra 60 children in year seven each year, increasing its pupil admission number to 300 to provide much needed extra places for 11 to 16-year-olds in the area.
The proposal also includes plans to close Carlton Bolling College’s sixth form from 2019.
A review carried out by the Department for Education on sixth form provision proposed the launch of new tech level qualifications which are equivalent to A-levels.
It is expected that schools will need additional resources to deliver these new courses. Carlton Bolling College is requesting permission to close their sixth form as it is thought it would be difficult for the school to provide this new range of technical qualifications in future.
Bradford Council has also commissioned a review of post-16 education which found that the district would be better served by the creation of a small number of large sixth form colleges and a reduction in the number of small school sixth forms.
The council believes this model would be more financially sustainable and able to provide a wider range of courses for young people in the district.
The Education, Skills and Funding Agency has already approved the opening of two sixth form colleges in Bradford for 2019 which will provide 2,000 places.
The consultation for the proposed changes at Carlton Bolling College is underway and runs until October 20. A full analysis will be carried out and a report with recommendations will be made to the Council’s executive in December 2017.
If the proposals are approved the sixth form would close in 2019.
Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills said: “We are committed to ensuring we provide enough school places across the district. Carlton Bolling College is an improving school which has just moved into its new building. Allowing it to expand its intake will help to ensure we can meet the demand for places in Bradford East.
“We are confident that moving towards a system where Bradford is served by a small number of large sixth form colleges will improve the results and life chances of our young people and will be a positive step for the district.”
Online responses can be made on the consultation section of Bradford Council’s website: (https://www.bradford.gov.uk/consultations/current-consultations/consultation-and-engagement/ ) under current consultations.
People can also take part in the consultation by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org quoting changes to Carlton Bolling College.