Sixth form provision in Ceredigion to be reviewed

By Katy Jenkins   |   Local Democracy Reporter   |
Thursday 6th January 2022 2:58 pm
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Pupils at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi receiving their A-level results in 2019

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Sixth form provision in Ceredigion is set to be reviewed before plans for its future are decided.

Ceredigion County Council’s cabinet is being asked to allow officers to “establish a brief and conduct a review of post 16 education” to be brought back to senior councillors.

At its meeting next week, cabinet members will hear that a recent progress against school service measures report found that 51 of 199 A-level courses currently being offered in the county’s schools have fewer than five pupils.

It is predicted that by January 2024 there will be around 776 year 12 and 13 pupils, an increase from 701 in 2020, and that “five out of the six Ceredigion sixth forms are likely to have fewer than 150 pupils.”

This, a report to cabinet states, is the level the Audit Commission has suggested makes a sixth form viable.

It adds that the last review of education for over 16-year-olds was carried out in 2007-8, with details provided.

The report, and elements “driving the post-16 transition agenda nationally” will be discussed next week.

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