Post-16 centres on the way

24th March 2000 at 00:00
GREENWICH council aims to become the first local authority using new powers to replace ailing sixth-forms with post-16 centres.

The south London borough has put forward plans to close half of its sixth forms and reopen the remaining five as Centres for Advanced Learning and Skills. The radical plans are in response to a critical inspection which said Greenwich had too many sixth-forms with too few pupils.

Out of the 12,000 16 to 19-year-olds in full-time education in Greenwich, only 2,500 actually study in the borough.

The centres would open in September next year, offering a mix of academic and vocational subjects, with special needs provision and adult education courses. The preferred optin is for the five centres to be run as a "federated" network.

Greenwich's director of education, George Gyte, said: "We need to be better at keeping youngsters in the school system and attracting more people from that age range." The council is aiming for a 50 per cent staying-on rate in the borough within five years.

The new powers allowing local authorities to open their own 16-19 institutions are in the Learning and Skills Bill, which received its third reading in the House of Lords yesterday. They will help to regularise the position of the William Morris Academy, the sixth-form centre run by Hammersmith and Fulham council, which has had good results but an uncertain legal status.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today