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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:


Bolton Sixth Form College1


Brooke House Sixth Form College


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):


South Park Sixth Form College


Clarendon College

North Bolton College

South College, Bolton


York Sixth Form College

High Pavement Sixth Form College

Arnold and Carlton College


Phoenix College

The Rutland College


Rowley Regis College

Shena Simon College


Park Sixth Form College


Tynemouth College

Haywards Heath College


North Area College

Josiah Mason Sixth Form College

Widnes and Runcorn Sixth Form College


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.