This week Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen hosted another consultation with staff, learners, governors and parents regarding the proposed closure /mergers of sixth form provision in Bridgend.
Lots of discussion took place where concerns were raised and proposals were debated by all present.
After the consultation our Head Boy Laine Woolcock who is passionate about the school and the role of the sixth form drafted his views from a learners perspective to our school’s council website. This really does encapsulate our School’s vision and mission statement:
Please take the opportunity to read Laine’s mature and articulate response to the consultation and help support this very important cause as it is our learners / your children who will be affected:
To whom it may concern.
“Our school is situated in a low-income area and having access to a sixth form education in a local school provides our learners with the best chance at succeeding in life. Taking away our sixth form would mean that many learners would be discouraged from accessing a sixth form education on account of cost of travel and having to learn in an entirely new environment and be taught by teachers with completely different teaching styles to the ones that they are familiar with. The best way to provide learners with a comfortable, enjoyable transition into higher education is to experience that transition in a school that they know while being taught by excellent sixth form teachers that they are comfortable with.
Some of the greatest successes of our school have been driven by a strong sixth form presence and to remove our sixth form would be to devalue and obscure the contributions that the previous and current sixth forms have made.
The teaching staff at our school are fantastic and it would be a disservice to them and to learners if their skills teaching key stage five material were to go unused. Parents, of course, want to act in their child’s best interests and sending them to our sixth form provides them with a superb, comprehensive sixth form education; as proven by the excellent A Level exam results that our school enjoys year-on-year.
Yes, we are a relatively small sixth form but our sixth form community is close-knit and there is so much value in that.
Removing sixth form provision from our school and uprooting learners from the school they know and are comfortable attending, to receive a sixth form education at another site would cause great distress to learners and their families.
For too long, the interests of the surrounding valleys and communities of Bridgend have either been an afterthought or completely disregarded. We cannot allow that to be the case when the issue in question is education: peoples’ futures. We will be making our case for our sixth form and will persist until we get the result that best serves our community. Please help us in this fight”!
Thank you again,