21st November 2016 - Sixth Form Proposal Announcement
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are writing with the difficult task of informing you that the Governing Body has agreed that a consultation should begin over a proposal to close King’s Norton Boys’ School’s sixth form.
We enclose with this letter a document which details the reasoning behind the proposal which, if given approval by Birmingham City Council, would see King’s Norton Boys’ School’s sixth form provision end in August 2018. At this point, we would like to emphasise that the potential closure of the sixth form is not a foregone conclusion. It is a proposal, and it is right that it is the subject of a full and proper consultation
However, we understand news of this consultation may come as a great disappointment to students and parents, as well as those living within the community who hold this school close to their heart due to its proud history and traditional values. We too share your sense of disappointment, but we want to assure you that this difficult decision was made unanimously by the Governing Body after the proposal was given considerable attention, time and deliberation.
Schools are generally facing challenging financial times. Projected figures for King’s Norton Boys’ show, that if we continue as we are, the school will find itself with an £800,000 deficit in three years’ time. The figures also show that the biggest contributor to the school’s financial pressures is our sixth form. The cost of running King’s Norton Boys’ School’s sixth form provision is double that of the funding received by the school for our Year 12 and 13 students. The school has had no choice, therefore, but to subsidise the sixth form with funding allocated to our students in Years 7 to 11. The sixth form, therefore, is simply proving to be no longer sustainable and the students in Years 7 to 11 are being unfairly burdened with the cost of trying to maintain its viability.
We continue to put our students at the heart of every decision we make and their future success is the centre of our focus. This is a school with high expectations and we continually strive to provide our students with the quality education that each one of them deserves. We are determined to continue to drive school improvement and to ensure that King’s Norton Boys’ becomes the ‘Outstanding’ school we know it is capable of being.
We are also proposing to expand the school’s intake for Years 7 to 11, increasing from a four-form to a five-form entry school from September 2018. This will not only help address the local shortage of secondary school places, but the increased funding would enable King’s Norton Boys’ to be financially 2 sustainable and develop into an ‘Outstanding’ school, offering a quality education to youngsters aged 11 to 16.
We understand that this may be an unsettling time and wish to provide reassurance that current sixth formers will not experience disruption to their studies as we proceed through the consultation process. We will also be providing extra support, information, advice and guidance to current Year 11 students who will be making applications for college or sixth form in the next few weeks to help them make the right choice. We want to reassure you that your views matter and we want your voices to be heard. We, therefore, encourage you to take part in the consultation, which is due to begin in January 2017.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
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