Todmorden High School sixth form to close

Todmorden High School.
Todmorden High School.

Todmorden High School has announced that it will be closing its sixth form in July 2018.

Changes to the funding of sixth forms within schools, combined with other reductions in public sector spending mean that the school has had to review its finances, to make sure that its income meets its expenditure.

Chris Taylor, executive head teacher at Todmorden High School, said: “This has been a very difficult decision to take, but as a result of the review our governors have reluctantly come to the conclusion that our sixth form is no longer financially viable.

“I would like to reassure all current year 12 and 13 students, and their parents, that they will continue to receive the same high quality education until they finish their respective courses. However, unfortunately, we will not be able admit any new students in the future.

“We are in the process of developing links with sixth form providers both within and beyond Calderdale to ensure that our current students will be able to continue their studies after their GCSEs. Our Year 11s will be our priority and we will provide them with information, support and guidance over the remaining months to make sure that they find the provision that is right for them.”

Work is about to start on a new teaching block at the school. Funded by Calderdale Council, the new building is due to open in Spring 2018.