Students assured of continuity following site closure
Students at Lytham Sixth Form College (LSFC) on Church Road have been assured that their studies will continue uninterrupted following closure of the site at the end of June 2019.
In a letter to parents the sixth form head, Mandy Pritchard, said that arrangements are in place for students to continue their programme of study at an alternative Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) campus from September. She also confirmed that they will be taught by the existing teaching staff from LSFC in order to ensure continuity of learning and student experience.
“Students will have an individual plan for their next steps that will include information about where they will be learning from September 2019 and what complimentary travel arrangements have been made,” she says.
“We will also be providing advice and guidance to all of our students and their parents at a series of one to one daytime and evening meetings throughout March.’’
Young people who have made an application to study at LSFC are also being contacted and given advice on the options available to them and other prospective students are being directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 01253 504 343.
Mandy Pritchard said that the decision by the B&FC Corporation Board to close LSFC was taken very reluctantly. She added that it followed advice and assistance from a full range of national, regional and local stakeholders.
“LSFC opened in September 2015 and the demand for its services are limited. Data shows that the majority of 16-18 year old students who live locally to LSFC are choosing to study elsewhere. In essence, student demand is simply not there in the volumes required to deliver a rounded educational experience and thus make LSFC sustainable.”