Sheffield students forced to move

The Sheffield College - Norton and Peaks
The Sheffield College - Norton and Peaks

Students planning to study A-levels at a Sheffield college are facing disruption – as moves to shut the campus speed up.

A full range of AS levels – the first stage of A-level courses – is being phased out at Norton College before students switch to Sheffield College’s Peaks and Hillsborough centres from September 2015.

About 50 teenagers were expecting to start studies at Norton from this autumn, having been offered places conditional on their GCSE results.

They will now be offered places instead at Peaks College at Waterthorpe – some with alternative courses – or given the chance to join the sixth form at nearby Meadowhead School.

College managers say their decision follows a gradual fall in the number of A-level applications during the last five years at the centre on Dyche Lane.

The 70 students already on A-level courses at Norton will be able to complete their second year there as planned.

Heather Smith, college principal, said: “We would like to provide a firm reassurance that all current students taking their second year of A-levels at Norton will finish those courses at Norton.

“We have also written to new applicants, holding offers to study AS levels with us, to discuss other options for taking those qualifications in the south of the city including at Peaks College, where there is a strong programme.”

The closure at Norton will result in a £15.6 million upgrade of the campuses at Peaks and Hillsborough.

Norton already has a partnership with Meadowhead School which, over the last three years, has led to some students studying at both institutions.

Four AS-level subjects will continue at Norton from September – art, photography, theatre studies and media studies, while eight others are being removed.

Other courses, including a full range of foundation, vocational and higher education qualifications, will continue as normal at Norton in 2014-15.