‘Sixth form review’ shock at Carr Hill

Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Centre, Kirkham
Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Centre, Kirkham

Sixth form education at a second Fylde school is facing possible closure.

Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Centre at Kirkham has announced a review of its post-16 education provision and cancelled is sixth form open evening planned for next Thursday.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Andrew Waller says the decision has been taken ‘to ensure we can maintain our financial stability and the quality of education’ and that ‘there may well be some difficult choices ahead’.

The announcement comes just months after Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College announced it was to close its sixth form next summer as an economy measure, leaving Carr Hill as the only provider of state sixth form education in Fylde.

Mr Waller wrote: “The finances at Carr Hill have been very carefully managed by governors and unlike many schools we have not yet had to face being in deficit.

“However the funding situation is not getting any easier and if we are to ensure that we can maintain our financial stability and the quality of education moving forward then there may well be some difficult choices ahead.

“We are currently conducting a review on the future of post-16 education at Carr Hill and so the Sixth Form Open Evening planned for October 12 will not go ahead at this time.

“We will ensure all Year 11 students are provided with the best possible information advice and guidance regarding post-16 possibilities. This review will not affect current Year 12 or 13 students in any way and we will continue to provide high quality education and guidance to our current sixth form students.”

Governor Coun Linda Nulty said: “It is only a review at this stage and it is sad we have to do it. But sixth form education funding has changed and with numbers down of students staying on, it’s vital we go through the process of looking fully into the situation.”