Closure of Sewell Park College sixth form would “cripple” the school, union warns

Sewell Park College. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sewell Park College. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

Councillors have asked for the formal legal process to close the sixth form at Sewell Park College to begin.

Gordon Boyd, assistant director of children services, told yesterday's Children's Services Committee that pupil numbers and A-level results were not good enough, although results for vocational qualifications were 'very good indeed'.

Chrissie Smith, of the National Union of Teachers, said: 'People will be looking at the school and saying 'do I want my child to go there, start in Year 7, and then change again in the sixth form?'. It's going to cripple the school.'

If interim director of children's services Sheila Lock agrees, a statutory notice about closing the sixth form will be published, triggering a four-week consultation, with Mrs Lock making the final decision.

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