Crossways Academy future in doubt

Lewisham Council officers have is to launch a consultation about the future of Crossways Academy, the sixth form college on Sprules Road, Brockley.

In a report set to be discussed on June 20th, proposals are presented to "consult on the closure of Crossways Sixth Form in order for Christ the King Sixth Form College, an outstanding, over-subscribed provider, to expand their post-16 provision on to the site."

The document says:

The consultation is designed both to inform discussion by interested stakeholders within Lewisham, and to allow individuals and groups to report their views.

The Local Authority has had increasing concerns about the long term sustainability of Crossways Sixth Form and how it could secure the future of high quality post-16 provision on the site. These concerns are focused on its financial viability, set against a backdrop of declining numbers together with the capacity of the school to improve outcomes rapidly. 

Despite the best combined efforts of the school leadership, governors and Local Authority, the school has been unable to demonstrate the rapid and sustained improvements needed to secure its own future as a stand-alone institution.

Crossways Academy was built less than a decade ago and describes itself as "one of London's most modern sixth forms".

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