All Kent schools seeking official approval to recruit students over 16 will be visited by inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education next month. They are among a group of 42 which provoked protests from colleges for running illegal sixth forms.
Independent inquiries by the Further Education Funding Council last month concluded that the majority of schools had failed to make a case for running sixth forms. Gillian Shephard, the Education and Employment Secretary, is expected to decide their future by August.
Two local education authority schools which previously ran unofficial sixth forms have decided against submitting applications to extend the age range of their intake. One is Ramsgate School which is instead offering a general national vocational qualification in health and social care to 15 students under a franchise agreement with Thanet College.