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Sixth Form Colleges

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2007, Official Report, column 1413W, on sixth form colleges, how many new sixth form colleges were (a) established, (b) closed and (c) merged with other institutions in each of the last 10 years; and what steps his Department is taking to promote the establishment of new sixth form colleges. (157525)

The number of sixth form colleges that were established, closed and merged in each of the last 10 years is as follows:

Sixth Form Colleges Established Since 1997:

1998

Bolton Sixth Form College1

2001

Brooke House Sixth Form College

2002

Longley Park Sixth Form College

1 Established as a result of merger involving North Bolton College & South College Bolton

Sixth Form Colleges Closed and Merged Since 1997 (no colleges have simply been closed):

1997

South Park Sixth Form College

1998

Clarendon College

North Bolton College

South College, Bolton

1999

York Sixth Form College

High Pavement Sixth Form College

Arnold and Carlton College

2000

Phoenix College

The Rutland College

2001

Rowley Regis College

Shena Simon College

2003

Park Sixth Form College

2005

Tynemouth College

Haywards Heath College

2006

North Area College

Josiah Mason Sixth Form College

Widnes and Runcorn Sixth Form College

2007

Spelthorne Sixth Form College

Farnham Sixth Form College

We want to encourage a strong and growing Sixth Form College sector; Sixth Form Colleges generally are successful, high achieving and popular with students and parents. The White Paper ‘Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances’ (Cm 6768) includes our undertaking to expand the sector. New Sixth Form Colleges will be considered as one option where the Learning and Skills Council runs a competition for new 16-19 places. Following a competition in Rochdale, proposals for a new Sixth Form College are now being developed by the Rochdale Education Partnership working with the Learning and Skills Council. The ‘FE presumption’, under which high performing colleges are able to expand in order to deliver Diplomas, will provide capital grant for new provision at eligible Sixth Form Colleges.