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Schools Commissioner has final Say on Sixth Form changes

23rd March 2020

The regional Schools Commissioner will have the final say on proposals to close the sixth form provision at Dyson Perrins Academy.

The school is currently consulting local people on the closure of the school’s sixth form provision and will then make a decision about whether to submit the formal change request.

Andrew Warren – who has the role of overseeing school academies across the West Midlands – confirmed to Harriett that he is aware of the proposal but has not yet had a formal request to close the sixth form yet.

Harriett wrote to the Commissioner earlier in the month to ask what impact this plan may have on other schools in the local area.

He will review the academy’s submission and consider ‘all relevant factors’ including ‘the impact of the change, any potential risks and issues’ and the ‘availability of places’ at other schools.

Demand for A Levels at Dyson Perrins Academy has fallen, with half of the number of students opting to continue their studies at the school beyond GCSEs than four years ago. Just 42 students have applied for places in September.

Harriett commented: “I have written into the school’s consultation and I understand that the governors will consider all options as part of this process.

“If they do intend to press on with this proposal, the school will need to formally submit the request to the Regional Schools Commissioner, who will investigate this change and the impact it may have on sixth form provision across the area.

“I fully respect the school’s position and welcome the fact that the Commissioner will be able to assess the wider affect this will have on local schools.

“We all want the best possible teaching provision and to make sure parents have the freedom to choose what is best for their children.”

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