Post-16 Education at Carterton Community College
We are pleased to say that Carterton Community College, working with our Local Authority, Oxfordshire County Council, is planning to introduce a Sixth Form starting in September 2014.
The first stages are under way both here at the College and at the Local Authority. In College, we are working out what courses can be offered in our first year and how our post-16 provision will grow between 2014 and 2016. At the Local Authority, plans are being made to start the legal process of altering our upper age limit from what is at present 16 years old (Year 11) so that the College can teach students up to 19 years old (Year 13).
Starting in January there will begin a six week “Informal Consultation”. This will give the general public an opportunity to look at our proposal and express their views. Parents of all our students will automatically receive a copy of the proposal which will also be posted on both the Community College and Oxfordshire County Council websites. There will also be two public meetings during this period. After the consultation is over, there are further stages to go through before a final decision is made by the County Council. This decision we anticipate will happen in mid-June 2014.
The Governors and staff of the College are really excited by this big step forward which will build on our excellent examination results and our Good Ofsted rating. Having post-16 provision will mean that we can offer full educational opportunities here in Carterton and young people who choose to stay with us will not have to travel to other places to continue their education.
There are some important reasons why we should set up post-16 education in Carterton at this time. We know that the number of students we have on roll is set to rise over the next few years. We also know that proposed private housing developments will bring even more families into our town. Also, the government has made changes which mean that by 2015 all young people will need to continue in some form of education or training until they are 18.
So, for both new arrivals and every student with us now, it is really important that Carterton’s secondary school should offer 11-19 education, as do all other secondary schools in West Oxfordshire.
Our proposal is that we will start with an offer of three or four A Level courses and three or four BTec Level 3 courses in September 2014 and we will add further courses in 2015 and 2016. We will decide what these courses will be during the next few months. As we do this we will consider the interests and needs of our whole ability range and will plan to build in the same levels of support that have brought deserved success to our current students.The Informal Consultation Document containing more detail about the proposal and how to make your views known will be sent to you in early January 2014, but you can also access it now via our information tab on this website (on the Post 16 Provision page) or directly using this link. You will not be able to record your views until the consultation goes live on the 6th of January.
Mr G Speke, Community Director