Manor’s governors have voted to press ahead with plans for an associated sixth form with All Saints School.
Now All Saints governors are set to meet to decide. If they agree, a formal application to the government’s Education Funding Agency will be made and, if approved by the Secretary of State for Education, the new associated sixth from could start from September 2015.
A ‘memorandum of understanding’ – a legal contract which sets out the detail of how the associated sixth from would work and how decisions are made – is currently being drafted,
There are five key reasons for the association – faith and a history of working together; continuity for Manor students; financial stability, especially for Catholic post-16 education; an enriched range of courses; and economy of scale.
A public consultation earlier this year resulted in 1,176 replies of which 79 per cent were in favour of the proposal. 90 per cent of Manor parents and 87 per cent of All Saints parents agreed this was a good way forward for both schools.