Update on the sixth form collaboration project
Wednesday 18th March 2020
Dear colleagues, students, parents/carers,
Earlier this academic year we held a public consultation on our proposal to close the sixth form at Corby Technical School (CTS) and expand the one at Brooke Weston Academy (BWA) by educating students across both sites under BWA’s control.
Since that time changes in the demand for places at our schools in Corby over the next few years, and at CTS in particular, have given us pause for thought. Recent negotiations with the local authority mean we can be confident the number of students attending CTS in coming years will be at least 150 per year group and for the next two cohorts at least (September 2020 and 2021) the numbers will be even larger.
As a consequence, we now intend to maintain separate sixth forms at both schools with planned growth of the CTS offer over time to meet the needs of the larger year groups coming through the school.
The changed circumstance means we can operate viable sixth forms of high quality at both schools. Doing this avoids the challenges of running a split site operation. However, we will continue to work closely together on some aspects of our new curriculum model and collaborate on enrichment activities and, if necessary, teaching of shortage subjects.
|Mr P Kirkbride||Mrs A Reynolds|
Principal, Brooke Weston Academy
Principal, Corby Technical School
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Brooke Weston Academy and Corby Technical School are consulting on collaborating over their Sixth Form provisions to offer a range of courses across their two sites as part of a single Sixth Form offer.
The scheme would mean that students from both schools, as well as successful external applicants, will be able to access a new suite of qualifications, tailored to their aspirations and abilities, in academic, applied and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.
Lessons, pastoral support and specialist advice will be delivered at both schools. Students will be based full time at one or other of the sites depending on their course choices. All students will meet regularly for enrichment activities, careers advice, guest speaker events and assemblies. The small existing Sixth Form at Corby Technical School will close, and students will be able to join the one led by Brooke Weston Academy.
The proposed change would take place from September 2021, meaning that students currently in Year 10 and below in both schools will be able to take advantage of the enhanced curriculum. The existing high-quality programmes in both schools will remain in place until then.