The Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan has approved our request to remove the sixth form from the school’s funding formula, which means we will no longer recruit pupils to Year 12 from September 2016.
Our existing Year 12 pupils will continue their studies in 2016/17 and will be our final cohort of sixth form pupils.
We want to assure you that the decision has been the subject of long and careful consideration. It has also been reached collectively by the entire community that encompasses Bournville School, including Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust’s Board of Directors and the school’s Academy Association - made up of school staff; parents and members of the local community.
We understand that this news will come as a great disappointment, but unfortunately, we were faced with a significant shortfall in the number of Year 12 applicants required for a sustainable sixth form.
While we share your disappointment, we want to assure you that at all times we have the students’ interests at the heart of our decision-making process.
Had the sixth form continued, the class sizes would have been too small for effective participation and discussion-based learning and some pupils could have been denied the opportunity of studying their desired subjects.
Mrs N Gould
Head of Bournville Academy