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Concerns over proposed Isle sixth form unit

At South Axholme Academy in Epworth are chairman of govenors Paul Barrett and principal Marie Lister. ( Buy this photo E0831TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

At South Axholme Academy in Epworth are chairman of govenors Paul Barrett and principal Marie Lister. ( Buy this photo E0831TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

A public consultation over a proposed sixth form for the Isle has raised concerns.

Epworth town councillors want more information about plans by South Axholme Academy to introduce a new sixth form in September 2015.

Although the council approved the idea in principle at this month’s meeting, there was a lengthy discussion about factors such as the proposed curriculum, and the financing of the scheme.

Former headteacher Coun Peter Davies said certain aspects of the plans raised further questions.

He said after the meeting: “We were asked to submit comments on the proposed sixth form but this was the first I’d heard of the scheme and I would have liked more information.”

He continued: “For instance, will options for students be limited due to the size of the sixth form, and would they have the option to do subjects not offered at another centre?

“And will there be new staff appointed to teach at sixth form level because not all teachers will be qualified to do that?”

“Most of the interest in this consultation will be from those who have children in school and so are directly concerned. But many will not have an understanding of the economics or variety of subjects that should be made available.”

“There is also the impact of the government’s plans to extend the school leaving age of children to be taken in to consideration.”

North Lincolnshire Council has approved funding for the sixth form that has yet to get the green light from the DoE.

An initial intake of pupils would be around the 60 mark, it is thought.

There was no-one available at South Axholme Academy to comment on the progress of the consultation, that is due to end next month.

 

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