• Time to close the loophole that harms Catholic SFCs

    A legal anomaly is stopping Catholic sixth-form colleges from reaping the benefits of academisation. Putting this right would be a simple matter, writes Paul Barber. In the wider Catholic school sector there are a variety of legal safeguards which protect the distinct character and ethos of Catholic schools – for instance the emphasis put on

    5.00 Apr. 22nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Ofsted rates Birkenhead Sixth Form College as outstanding in all areas

    A sixth form college in the north west has become only the second in the country to be rated outstanding by Ofsted under the common inspection framework. Birkenhead SFC received grade ones across the board – up from its previous grade two – in a glowing report published Monday (January 30). The verdict means that

    11.52 Jan. 31st, 2017 | News

  • 'Inadequate' Gateway SFC pulls back from Leicestershire area review

    A struggling sixth form college has pulled out of its ongoing area review, after a special intervention by sixth form commissioner Peter Mucklow. The Leicester-based Gateway SFC received an ‘inadequate’ grade from Ofsted in October, and Mr Mucklow (pictured) made the recommendation based on a visit he made in November. His report into the 1,600

    12.00 Jan. 28th, 2017 | News

  • Governors back first sixth form college merger with multi-academy trust

    Governors from the Sixth Form College Solihull have voted to press ahead with plans to join forces with a network of local schools – in what looks set to be the first ever union between a SFC and multi-academy trust. The merger with Ninestiles Academy Trust – which currently includes seven schools across Birmingham and

    9.00 Dec. 15th, 2016 | News