Sixth form boost for Birmingham

By on 20/09/2010 in News

Plans to develop 400 sixth form places in an inner city part of Birmingham are being considered by the City Council to meet a growing demand for post-16 education.

Two secondary schools – Aston Manor in Aston and Holte Visual & Performing Arts College in Lozells - will each have a sixth-form centre added under the proposals.

If approved, 100 sixth-formers will initially be accommodated within existing buildings at each school from September 2011. It is then intended this will grow to 200 when funds become available to invest in new buildings.

From September 2015, it will become compulsory for young people to stay in education, or training until the age of 18.

The schools were invited to apply to provide post-16 education under the Government's fast-track “presumption” process, where successful schools are able to consider offering sixth form places.

Tony Howell, Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families, said: “This represents a major boost to the city and in particular young people living in the area.

“It will provide opportunities for them to stay within their locality and progress on to A-levels or equivalent qualifications post-16 which will improve their employability.

“It is vital that we equip our young with the skills they need to get on in an increasingly knowledge-driven economy.”

Under the proposals, 100 sixth formers will be admitted next September at each school, growing to 200 at each site by September 2012.

Further expansion to accommodate an extra 100 at each school will occur as capital becomes available.

Pat Walters, head teacher at Holte Visual and Performing Arts Colleges, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our school.

“Our pupils have really high aspirations and want to get the most out of education.
To be able to continue with their studies within an environment that is familiar to them will be a major bonus.”

Heather Roberts, head teacher of Aston Manor School, said: “We very much look forward to being able to continue teaching our pupils post-16.

“Our pupils are highly motivated and there is a real demand to enhance the educational opportunities in the area.

“We have the expertise to be able to deliver this facility which will not only be good for young people in the locality but represents a boost to the city as a whole.”

A decision on the proposals is due at a meeting of Birmingham City Council's Cabinet on September 27th.

ENDS
Further information from Shahid Naqvi 0121 303 3635.
Pat Walters - head of Holte School 0121 5237321
Heather Roberts - head of Aston Manor School 0121 359 8108

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