Bromley College's Orpington campus to drop A Level provision from September

Bromley College's Orpington campus to drop A Level provision from September

Bromley College's Orpington campus to drop A Level provision from September

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Bromley College has announced it is cutting its A Level courses at its Orpington campus.

In a statement issued this week (July 16) the college said it is instead focusing on vocational programmes and will no longer receive applications for subjects such as mathematics and English from September, though will continue to offer them at lower levels. 

Principal Sam Parrett says the decision comes in response to the "Government’s changing priorities" and in a letter to parents and staff explained recruitment for A Levels have been falling.

As well as declining interest less than 50 per cent of students progressed from AS to A2, she added, while applications for places this year are 35 per lower than 2013.

She told News Shopper: "We have expanded the number of educational opportunities in vocational programmes where we have a high percentage of learners progressing to higher education and where we excel in the delivery of these courses.

"Our A Level applicants are being offered advice and guidance, plus we are working with local schools to recommend other suitable courses."

Ms Parrett said the decision was not "taken lightly". Current AS students will be able to finish their courses.

One Orpington parent, who asked not to be named, said her 15-year-old son was due to begin studying at Bromley College in September and while she might understand the decision, feels the news has come too late in the day.

She said parents were only informed of the changes in provision in a letter in July, two months before the start of the new academic year in September, and is now "frantically searching for an alternative".

While A Levels are being dropped, Orpington will see the college's new hospitality and catering facility open in September. More information can be found here

Was your child due to begin A Levels at Bromley College’s Orpington campus this year? Are you struggling to find somewhere new in the borough? Get in touch on 01689 885725

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8:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

cbance says...

Cannot believe parents are complaining because their teenager will have to find an alternative college, what about the lecturers who have had their contracts either drastically cut or have been made redundant?
Cannot believe parents are complaining because their teenager will have to find an alternative college, what about the lecturers who have had their contracts either drastically cut or have been made redundant? cbance
  • Score: 4

9:37pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Johnwest1 says...

Usual high quality journalism from the news shopper, when I went to the college the boss was spelt PrincipAL not Principle. They are doing lots of new courses, including English and maths GCSEs 4 kids who failed them at school. Good on Bromley college for developing new courses in in Orpington - kids these days are better off doing courses that lead to jobs instead of going to university and ending up in jobs they could have done without a degree and saddling themselves with debt.
Usual high quality journalism from the news shopper, when I went to the college the boss was spelt PrincipAL not Principle. They are doing lots of new courses, including English and maths GCSEs 4 kids who failed them at school. Good on Bromley college for developing new courses in in Orpington - kids these days are better off doing courses that lead to jobs instead of going to university and ending up in jobs they could have done without a degree and saddling themselves with debt. Johnwest1
  • Score: 7

4:19am Fri 18 Jul 14

sarfflondonbird says...

After dropping that bombshell only just, the college should at least oblige in accepting the 2014/15 students who applied to learn at the college on the understanding they were going to gain A standard qualifications, I would imagine it would be somewhat difficult at this time of year to find an alternate college to gain this qualification, if that is what they needed to persue a certain career of choice, that will accommodate them. I would have thought English and maths were vital for any job including hospitality, with the lack of education shown by a lot of these school kids in London today, it is vital to learn correct english and maths, and probably because of a lot of clssroom disruptions that frequently take s place, teachers not available or of low standard teaching, this may be their last chance of improving at free education expense.
After dropping that bombshell only just, the college should at least oblige in accepting the 2014/15 students who applied to learn at the college on the understanding they were going to gain A standard qualifications, I would imagine it would be somewhat difficult at this time of year to find an alternate college to gain this qualification, if that is what they needed to persue a certain career of choice, that will accommodate them. I would have thought English and maths were vital for any job including hospitality, with the lack of education shown by a lot of these school kids in London today, it is vital to learn correct english and maths, and probably because of a lot of clssroom disruptions that frequently take s place, teachers not available or of low standard teaching, this may be their last chance of improving at free education expense. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -6

9:18am Fri 18 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Another downgrading of the former Orpington College. How long before Sam Parrett oversees the place being shut for good & getting herself a huge redundancy payment?
Another downgrading of the former Orpington College. How long before Sam Parrett oversees the place being shut for good & getting herself a huge redundancy payment? goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 3

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