Responding to the proposals to change Sixth Form provision at Gowerton School On the evening of 9th September 2009, in the region of 60 parents, staff and governors met to discuss the Options being considered by the City and County of Swansea in relation to the provision of post 16 education. Presentations were given by Mrs Debbie Lloyd, Chair of Governors who outlined the background to the proposals and the timetable for responding; and by Mr Peter Harrison and Mr Alan Bevan who provided information about the impetus for change being driven by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as well as the City and County of Swansea. They also gave details of the collaborative work being undertaken by the school now to ensure that pupils are offered the widest choices possible.
A copy of the Power Point presentation is, or will shortly be, available in this section of the school website. The meeting was then opened for questions and clarification from parents. There was overwhelming support from the people attending that there to be an ongoing
Sixth Form presence at Gowerton School. It was also acknowledged and accepted that there were going to be changes but there was a consensus that more work needed to be done to explore the opportunities to further develop and expand the collaborative partnerships that already exist. Currently the school works with Swansea College, Olchfa and Bishop Gore Schools.
The Home School Association (H.S.A.) circulated copies of a questionnaire, a letter template (which can either be filled in or used as guidance in the composition of an individual letter) and a petition for interested parties to complete and return to the school. All of these documents can be downloaded from the website. They will be collated and submitted to the Local Authority at the appropriate stage in proceeding.
It was agreed that a new, specific section would be established on the school website relating to ‘Sixth Form Proposals’ and that the school would send ‘Group Call’ text messages to alert everyone to any updates posted on it. Once the Council have developed the ‘options’ into ‘proposals’ another meeting will be called to discuss the proposals and agree our next steps. Please keep an eye on the website for updates; you can complete and send your questionnaire, letter and petitions to the school.
If you have any queries or comments please feel free to contact members of the H.S.A.
Karen Dusgate – firstname.lastname@example.org – 0786 600 5653
Steve Pullinger – email@example.com - 01792 850231
Elaine Meredith – elaine.Meredith@hotmail.co.uk - 0797 002 6017
Elaine Clark – firstname.lastname@example.org - 0753 090 6460