Boston school confirms closure of its sixth form

Haven High, Tolfield campus.
Haven High, Tolfield campus.

A Boston school has confirmed it is closing its sixth form - just four years after setting it up.

Haven High Academy blamed national changes ‘beyond our control’ for the demise of the provision.

It currently operates its sixth form in partnership with another school - Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College in Louth - with the students being dual registered.

However, Adrian Reed executive headteacher of the Boston Witham Academies Federation which overseas the academy, said that due to Government changes in July they can no longer carry out that partnership or subcontract provisions.

Mr Reed said: “Sadly, we will be ending our sixth form provision by the end of 2018.

“We’re very proud of what we have achieved over the past four years and will continue with the current cohort.

“The standard of our post-16 level three qualification students are high and it’s rather frustrating that the Government are trying to rationalise post-16 education this way.”

The current sixth form have been reassured their studies will not be interrupted and they will be able to complete their A-levels at the school.

Year 11s have been told the situation and been given advice about where they can go to continue their education.

Other sixth form providers in the area have also been informed of the change.

Haven High’s sixth form provision was mainly based on the Tollfield Campus, the former site of St Bede’s Catholic Science College, which was taken over in 2011.

On the future of the St Bede’s site, Mr Reed said: “We are an expanding school and oversubscribed.

“The directors will be considering how they will use the site from 2018 onwards.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The Education Funding Agency updated its guidance to prevent sub-contracting for post-16 programmes to other organisations – this was to make sure young people get the highest quality education.

“Academies that are rated good or outstanding can ask to add a sixth form to their existing provision – this is assessed by the Regional School’s Commissioner.

“This is to make sure that we have good quality sixth form provision.”

Monks’ Dyke has been contacted by The Standard.