Advocate the need for post 16 provision in the immediate and surrounding area as an extension to the proposed school on the current Sandown Bay Academy site.
Why is this important?
The sixth form at Sandown bay has always been successful. The 2017 results were above average again, despite the turmoil created by the current uncertainties in the future of the school.
There is no alternative in the area. Transport issues including costs will put off those who are capable of post 16 study but will have to travel.
Younger students need to see a visible 6th form to aspire them to learn and give them an educational goal to work towards.
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Today staff have been told there will be no 6th form at Sandown in September. There will be some provision for the existing y12s next year; they could be satellited out. Hampshire say that at least 200 students would be needed to make 6th form viable and the numbers aren't there. We had the best results on the island this year too.