Sixth forms link up

Published on: 05 May 2014

SIXTH-FORM students will have a wider choice of subjects from September thanks to a new partnership between Downend and Mangotsfield schools.

The two have decided to link up so they can offer more post-16 courses and combinations for young people in the area than each could independently.

The collaboration reflects the continuing change in education provision locally and nationally following the introduction of academies.

Until two years ago, the schools were members of the Kingswood Partnership, with Hanham High, the Grange, and Sir Bernard Lovell schools and Soundwell campus of City of Bristol College.

Downend decided to go it alone two years ago and the partnership is now set to end in 2015 once the current Year 12s complete their courses.

Both schools have written to parents and students to explain the change and are meeting individuals affected.

Downend head teacher William Roberts said almost all students entering Year 12 in September would continue to be taught at Downend as at present, with some smaller classes being joined by Mangotsfield students. A few would go to Mangotsfield to study subjects that Downend would not otherwise be able to offer.

“We are really excited about this partnership with another strong sixth form provider. We believe it offers students at both schools 'the best of both worlds' in that most students will be able to continue studying at their own school whilst being offered a wider range of courses that is only normally available at larger institutions,” he said.

Richard Badley, head of Mangotsfield School, said” “ We are excited about this new

collaboration. It will ensure for students and staff, in both schools, a continued commitment to

providing the best education and choice for young people post 16.

“Downend School has a strong post-16 record in delivering high achievement for students and the two schools combining expertise will lead to simpler arrangements that will benefit students. As is the current arrangement, where required, transport will be offered between centres. “

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