St. Joseph's Catholic College

Sixth Form Consultation

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to those who attended the Parent and Carer Forums in March and to those of you who responded to the consultation on the proposal to close the sixth form at St Joseph’s. The consultation began on 16th of March and ended on the 2nd of May. In total 32 responses were received by the governing body and they were considered at their extraordinary meeting on 8th May 2017.

Governors recognise the strength of feeling expressed by parents (17) and others (15). Following consideration of the points raised in the consultation the governing body has decided to move forward with the proposal not to run new sixth form courses in September 2017. However, the decision reached unanimously is to suspend indefinitely the sixth form provision at St Joseph’s rather than close it forever. This means that the situation will be kept under review by governors. The current Year 12 will proceed into Year 13 in September 2017.

Our letter sent on the 13th March gave the reasons behind the consultation and the fact that it has been done with great regret. On balance we believe that changing the age range from 11 - 18 to 11 - 16 will allow resources to be focused on improving the learning experiences and outcomes for these students. Our aim is to become an outstanding 11 - 16 Catholic College, and to do so, we believe that we must concentrate our resources on that age range for the time being.

Yours sincerely,

Canon John Cunningham & Paul Hughes