30th March 2017 - Sixth Form Decision
Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
As you are aware, a four-week consultation was launched in January on a proposal to remove sixth form provision at King’s Norton Boys’ School. The consultation was thorough and sought to gain the views of parents, students, staff and the wider community.
We are writing to you to inform you that Birmingham City Council, having considered all views expressed during the consultation process, has approved the proposal. Sixth form provision will therefore be removed from the school on August 31st, 2018.
I know that the Local Authority’s decision to end our sixth form provision may come as a great disappointment to those who hold this school close to their heart due to its proud history and traditional values. It is with a heavy heart that we accept this decision, however, as you know, sadly our sixth form provision is no longer viable or sustainable due to a shortfall in Government funding and an increase in post-16 education provision in the local area.
We are confident that the Local Authority’s decision is the right one to protect and strengthen the future of the school and to ensure it can continue to deliver a strong education for generations to come.
Since the consultation was launched, the school has been working tirelessly to ensure we have offered careers advice to students, including support from establishments offering further education provision within the local area.
Meanwhile, our Year 7 cohort is set to expand from 128 places to 150 places from September 2018. We are also developing a five-year strategic plan focussing on our vision that, by 2022, our school will become ‘outstanding’ - both in terms of its Ofsted rating and the contribution it makes to the lives of all of the boys who spend their formative years with us.
To ensure that all parents can contribute to the development of the schools’ vision for 2022 and our strategic plan, we have put together a short survey which is available on the school website and can be found via the link on the homepage. The survey is open until 24th April.
We also continue in our efforts to raise student attainment, building on the success of last summer’s GCSE results which saw 68 per cent of our students achieve at least five GCSEs grades A* to C including maths and English.
Long hailed for our high quality sporting provision, plans are also in place for a new £2 million sports hall which will enable us to further enhance our physical education curriculum and extra-curricular activity offer.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and encourage you to take part in the survey.