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On behalf of the Governors of The Sixth Form College, Colchester, I am writing to share our exciting plans for the future. Together, we are seeking to co-create a new Multi- Academy Trust with Long Road Sixth Form College Cambridge. The proposed name for the trust is The Sixth Form Colleges Trust. 

Our vision is to create a dynamic, innovative partnership of inclusive sixth form colleges, making a positive contribution to post-16 learning in the Eastern region and beyond. We want the Trust to focus clearly on the needs of 16–18-year-old students.

We believe, as The Sixth Form Colleges Trust, we will be stronger, more resilient, and creative together. The additional staffing capacity and increased funding that will come from working as a Trust will support our commitment to provide the best education we can for all our students. Together, we will educate over 6,000 students, employ over 400 staff, and manage an income of close to £30 million. By pooling our resources and experience, our aim is to develop ever more effective strategies to reduce disadvantage and enable every student to thrive. The principle of inclusivity underpins the Trust we aim to create.

As two sixth form colleges we share a similar ethos, values, and direction, however as a larger organisation once we become a Trust, we will be able to:

  • extend learning opportunities and activities for students;
  • enrich the curriculum through partnership working and shared resources;
  • enable the sharing of excellent practice in teaching and learning and support, further improving effectiveness, outcomes, and progression for all students;
  • enhance the professional development of teaching and support staff;
  • and secure valuable cost and resource efficiencies through joint commissioning of services which will enable more funds to be reinvested back into the student experience.

We are very keen to hear your views on our proposal and would welcome responses from students, staff, parents, carers, guardians, local education providers and other stakeholders by 17th May 2024. 

Please find the link for the consultation form below:

Please click here to complete the online consultation form .

Alternatively, download the form below and pass the completed form to Charlotte Bowen via email or in person.