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Knowle DGE Academy - Sixth Form Consultation

One of our specialist provisions is Knowle DGE Academy, in South Bristol, which caters for 156 young people with Education Health Care Plans (EHCP’s). We are seeking to expand the Sixth Form at Knowle DGE to accommodate 40 students aged between 16 – 19 years, in their own specialist purpose-built block with both academic and vocational facilities.

The new Sixth Form will offer up to 40 places for students across the region with SEMH/SLCN who currently have a limited choice in regard to where they can continue further learning and training post-16. Their will specialist facilities for Construction, Design and Technology and Engineering; Physical Education; Science; Hospitality and Catering and Food Technology; and spaces for mentoring, Careers Advice and job coaching. The Sixth Form will also have access to two independent living houses, which will be a development from the LoDGE at Knowle DGE, as a specialist provision to allow 16-19 year olds prepare for living independent lives.

The admissions to the Sixth Form will be through a referral process led by the main commissioning Local Authority, Bristol City Council, and the ability of Knowle DGE to meet the young persons needs. The new post-16 provision will be led and managed by Knowle DGE as part of their expansion to offer a total of 176 special needs places for young people aged 5 – 19 years. We are hoping that the new Sixth Form will open for the academic year 2021-22.

The most important feedback we need from you is that you feel we are the right organisation, namely Learn@ MAT, to be opening and managing this new special provision.

We believe we are a unique Trust that has established itself as a regional and national voice, for both the young people and the families of young people with SEMH, SLCN or in Alternative Provision. We have an established and committed Board of Trustees with a wide range of knowledge and skills, who wish to encourage, challenge and support the leaders of their Academies in creating the best holistic learning opportunities possible for our young people.

We would really appreciate your feedback and the opportunity to answer any of your questions through our public consultation meeting or through our enclosed questionnaire, which can also be accessed through our website www.learnmat.uk

Our two public consultation meetings will be held virtually using Zoom and we ask that you book onto one of the following sessions via info@learnmat.uk :

Tuesday 24th November at 6pm or Wednesday 25th November at 10am

If you cannot attend either of these consultation meetings you can always send your queries to info@learnmat.uk and we will get back to you.

We look forward to hearing from you, receiving your questionnaire feedback, and/or talking with you at our consultation meetings.