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Major review into post-16 education

09 November 2017

A major review is currently being carried out into post-16 education in Bridgend County Borough.

To ensure that young learners have the best possible opportunities to excel in whichever field they choose, Bridgend County Borough Council is reviewing whether the current provision should be altered.

There are currently sixth forms in every secondary school in Bridgend County Borough, varying in size from 76 to 377 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 for approximately 2,000 learners aged 16 to 18.

The review is considering all of the options that currently exist across Wales. For example, retaining sixth forms in all schools, a combination of retained and merged sixth forms, or merging all sixth forms into a new state-of-the-art centre.

Other alternatives are the establishment of a new independent sixth form college or a full tertiary college based on Bridgend’s existing further education college.

An update report was presented to Cabinet Members at the local authority last week and Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration said: “This major review is being undertaken to assess what future model would provide the best possible outcomes for local learners to achieve their full potential.

“There are many options being considered but nothing has been decided yet and the analysis will continue before recommendations are presented to Cabinet Members in spring 2018.

“So that our young people can continue to thrive and meet employers’ needs, we need to be open to all potential models for the future. Clearly, such major decisions wouldn’t be taken lightly, and we’d consult fully with the public for their views should the review conclude that an alternative model would be beneficial.” 

Councillor Smith added: “There are many positives to the current sixth form set-up. For example, the link between sixth form students and the rest of a school provides role models that support younger learners.

“But there are also some negatives including the fact that students aren’t always able to choose the subjects they want to pursue, while in some schools there are sometimes only a few pupils taking particular subjects. Unfortunately, delivering subjects in particularly small groups is not always conducive to high standards and a dynamic environment.

“Without pre-judging what will be a full consultation, I can promise the following general principles: whichever model we eventually choose will involve maximum co-operation between schools as well as collaboration with Bridgend College and other 16+ providers; it will build on and professionally develop existing strengths; and will aim to give all our students, whatever their abilities and needs, first class advice and access to a full range of academic and vocational pathways.

“Above all, decisions will be taken on educational grounds rather than administrative or bureaucratic ones.”

Further details will be publicised about the review in early 2018.

Last Updated: 09/11/2017
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