Boroughbridge High School paused entries in 2022 due to a decline in student numbers. A consultation has been set in motion for the potential permanent closure of the school’s sixth-form after the executive member for education, learning, and skills, Cllr Annabel Wilkinson, agreed to it on January 9.
A public meeting is scheduled for February 8 at 6pm at Boroughbridge High School for the community to express their opinions about the future of the sixth-form.
Cllr Wilkinson stated, “This is an important consultation, and it is essential we take everybody’s views into account.”
Boroughbridge High School has been working with King James’s School to provide a broad post-16 education for students. However, due to declining student numbers, maintaining a viable sixth-form has become challenging in terms of quality of experience, subject breadth, and financial sustainability.
“I would urge parents and residents of the Boroughbridge community to share their views during the consultation period,” added Cllr Wilkinson.
An Ofsted report from early May 2023 listed pupil numbers at 440 for ages 11-18. At the time, the small number of sixth form pupils at the high school traveled to King James’ School for their lessons.
If the closure is approved, the sixth-form provision at Boroughbridge High School will permanently cease from August 31 this year with no changes to staffing, as confirmed by the North Yorkshire Council.