New sixth forms to open

PUPILS in Lancaster and Carnforth wishing to continue their studies post-GCSEs now have more opportunity after both Central Lancaster High School and Carnforth High School were given the go-ahead to open sixth forms.

County Coun Susie Charles, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children and schools, approved the plans for both schools following a lengthy period of consultation.

The news means that for the first time, parents in Lancaster and Carnforth will have the option of sending their children to an 11-18 co-educational, comprehensive high school, which is both non-selective and non-denominational, for the entirety of their school career.

The schools will work closely together to develop post-16 provision on both sites to develop high quality courses, which will raise attainment and participation.

Working closely in collaboration with Our Lady’s Catholic College and Heysham High School as part of a federation, the schools will offer students one of the widest ranges of courses in Lancashire.

The intention is to increase retention, address gaps in provision and improve the efficiency of delivery, to the benefit of all.

The schools will offer a combination of academic AS and A2 levels and vocational qualifications at levels 2 and 3 based on local employment opportunities.

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