Sixth form for all schools in Merton from 2010

All secondary school aged pupils in Merton will have the opportunity to continue their sixth form education in Merton from September 2010.

Proposals to provide sixth form provision in four of Merton’s secondary schools were given the go ahead by local councillors at the cabinet meeting last night, following overwhelming support from the public during consultation early this year.

The council aims to establish sixth form provision at the four remaining schools that do not currently cater for pupils beyond the age of 16 – Ricards Lodge, Rutlish, Raynes Park and Bishopsford schools – from September 2010.

The move will give Merton’s young people greater choice when looking into sixth form opportunities in the borough and further raise standards across all four schools.

Merton’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Debbie Shears, says: “We’re committed to continuing to drive up standards in Merton and establishing sixth form provision in our schools will help to build on improvements we’ve seen to date.”

“We’ve listened and responded to what residents and pupils have been telling us they want and public feedback has shown us that this is the right move for the future of education in Merton. We hope that these new opportunities will see more young people enjoy the benefits of continuing their post 16 education in the borough.”

The council is working closely with existing providers of post 16 education in the borough to ensure that the new provision complements and enhances the overall offer to Merton’s young people.