Confusion for sixth form students

Sixth Form Block at Crofton Academy.
Sixth Form Block at Crofton Academy.

Sixth form students in Crofton could be shifted over to Wakefield College to continue their studies.

As The Express went to print, confusion surrounded the future of the sixth form, a partnership between the college and Crofton Academy.

Nicola Murphy said her 17-year-old daughter Holly came home “in tears” on Wednesday, claiming she had been told the sixth form “was shutting down at the end of the week”.

She said Holly, who is in her first year of further education there, received a letter saying her exams next week would be held at the college’s city centre campus and all future lessons would take place there.

Mrs Murphy said: “They chose Crofton Academy because they wanted to go there, not Wakefield College.

“It’s absolutely disgusting. This is the children’s future they are messing about with.

“They have exams starting on Monday and just days earlier they are told that they are moving somewhere else. It’s upsetting. My daughter is worried about starting classes with new teachers and new pupils. She’s devastated and feels like she doesn’t want to continue her studies.”

Stuart Parton, head of marketing at Wakefield College, said he was not aware of the letter.

He said the sixth form, which opened in 2013, would “categorically not close” today and his understanding was that exams would still be held at Crofton.

But he said options for a “transition” from September were being explored.

Mr Parton said: “It’s quite a small cohort at Crofton. We are looking at where the second year gets delivered. Last year, some of the second year cohort came over to Wakefield and we are looking at what the provision is from September.”

He added: “There’s more facilities than there are at Crofton and the proposal is to give the students a better experience to prepare them for university or employment.”

A meeting was due to be held with parents, students and staff yesterday afternoon.