HC Deb 11 June 2002 vol 386 cc1146-7W
Mr. Willis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the areas where reorganisation of 16 to 19 provision has taken place in each year since 1997, listing in each case the general further education colleges, sixth form colleges and school sixth forms involved. [60040]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

The information requested is contained in tables, copies of which I have placed in the Library.

Mr. Willis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the proposals under consideration involving changes to the organisation of 16 to 19 provision. [60044]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

The Department has been informed of the following proposals for schools to open new, or close existing, sixth forms for which we understand a decision has not yet been made by the local School Organisation Committee:

Name of school LEA
Proposals to establish new sixth forms
The Giles School Lincolnshire
Proposals to close sixth forms
Batley High School for Boys Kirklees
Colne Valley High School Kirklees
St. Thomas Becket RC High School Knowsley
Stratford Foundation School Newham
Tideway Community School East Sussex
Information held by the Department on proposals for the reorganisation of colleges in the FE sector is as follows: A proposal for Teesside College and Middlesbrough College to merge and to form Middlesbrough College has been submitted by the LSC to the Secretary of State. A feasibility study has been completed into the possible merger of Oxford College and North Oxfordshire College. The LSC has proposed that an area wide review of provision should be carried out before any decisions are made. Additionally, the organisation of 16–19 provision is reviewed in those local areas where a recent Area-Wide inspection has so recommended. In such cases the Learning and Skills Council is required to agree an Action Plan with local partners, before seeking Ministerial approval.

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