Top Doncaster sixth form to close

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One of Doncaster’s top sixth forms is to close, it has been confirmed.

Hayfield School will close in August 2017 due to ‘changes in funding’.

Parents were informed of the decision last week. A letter sent to parents on Thursday September 17, signed by headteacher Lisa Fox, said the decision to close the sixth form had been ‘very difficult’.

It continued: “The changes in funding have had a significant impact over time and indeed many schools are facing this situation. We have a responsibility to secure an outstanding education for all our students. Unfortunately, this cannot be to the detriment of financial stability for the school, nor should we do this by reducing the curriculum offer to suit the budget rather than meeting the needs of individual students.”

Current year 12 and year 13 pupils will be able to complete their A-levels at the school, on Hurst Lane, Auckley, while year 10 and year 11 pupils are being encouraged to consider applying for a place at a new sixth form college.

The New College Doncaster will be built on the site of the school, on the playing fields adjacent to Hayfield Lane, but it will be a completely separate school.

It is expected that the multi-million pound building, which will be fully funded by the Education Funding Agency, will open its doors to 1200 students in September 2017.

Parents of year 10 and 11 pupils are invited to Hayfield School this evening to hear more about the new college, which will be run by the senior leadership team of New College Pontefract, in West Yorkshire,

Pauline Hagen, Principal of NC Pontefract and CEO of New College Academy Trust, is expected to give a presentation alongside the Principal Designate of New College Doncaster Leon Riley.

Hayfield School currently has over 200 post-16 students.

Parents of year 10 pupils are invited to attend a meeting at 5.30pm, with another meeting for parents of year 11 pupils following at 7pm.