6th Form Consultation


Burnley High School, and The Chapel St Community Schools Trust is committed to building and serving our local community, and to providing the highest possible quality of provision that we can.
You may be aware, when the proposal for the school was first put to the Department for Education the initial plans included 6th form provision.

However, things alter over time and due to changes in local education provision, demand for places, and educational funding, Chapel Street Community Schools are considering very carefully the best possible opportunities and outcomes for pupils at Burnley High School, and after they leave. And, because of this, we would like to consult you on a proposal not to open a 6th form provision in 2019 as originally intended.

The main reasons behind the proposal are:

• In order to deliver the best possible provision for 6th form students, recruiting Specialist staff that can not only lead A level courses, but Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 courses to the expected standard can be challenging, particularly for a smaller sized school. That means that it is likely we would be only able to offer a small fraction of the courses that other local settings can offer.

• Due to the education landscape in Burnley, and with a local school under consultation to close, the pressure on places in the area for children in KS3 currently is high – and we are doing our very best to help where we can. As a result, our staffing needs and recruitment programme currently reflect this urgent demand.

• The number of colleges, all of which are good and Burnley College and Nelson and Colne are outstanding, means that recruitment of pupils onto our limited course programme will be challenging, as some current providers are already finding.

• Because there are some excellent providers locally, we think at the moment, it would be a much better use of our time, skills and experience, supporting our fabulous young students and developing great working relationships with our local colleagues – so that we can signpost the best possible next steps for all our students.

We would like to invite you to a consultation event on Friday October 27th 3.00pm – 4.30pm. Mr James Royal, the CEO of Chapel Street Trust will be delivering a short presentation and the Head Teacher and the Senior team will be there to answer any questions. All questions and answers will be recorded and the information will be displayed and shared on our website. Student Council will also be consulted in school.

If you wish to attend, please complete the letter that’s coming home with your child.