‘Joining forces for the sixth form will bring a better learning experience’
Published on: 09 Oct 2015
THE sixth forms at Mangotsfield and Downend Schools will be fully integrated from next September .
Currently, most students take most of their courses at their home school, while a few who take less popular subjects travel to the other school for some lessons.
Now that all young people have to stay in education or training until they are 18, demand for sixth-form places is growing but Government funding is tight.
This means that the two schools can offer a better learning experience for post-16 students by working together, explained executive head teacher William Roberts.
“We can offer specialist teaching and a better choice of high quality courses in a familiar environment.
“For some students at 16, a college course or apprenticeship is the most appropriate route, but many will want to stay in a more school-like setting whith teachers they know.
“Moving beyond their school boundaries to courses at the partner school is a good preparation for university or working life, so we think it is a good mix.
“At Downend, we have several international students each year, which is very enriching for our students and promotes interesting dialogue.”
The sixth-form centre at Downend has been refurbished and the sixth-form centre at Mangotsfield is now set for a facelift, with the same colour scheme.
“We are launching our joint sixth form at our open evening on November 12,” said Mr Roberts. “The integration will enable us to provide a completely consistent experience.”