Ysgol Maesydderwen is the first high school in Powys to use a ‘Commissioning Model’ when planning its courses for 6th formers. This means it will be sourcing courses from other providers to supplement its own provision, offering a more varied range of academic and vocational subjects meeting the changing demands of students.
The school is holding an Open Evening on Wednesday 18 November between 6pm and 7.30pm to highlight the new arrangements.
Headteacher Sally Speedy commented: "This is an exciting and innovative opportunity, enabling us to respond to the aspirations of our learners and secure 6th Form / post-16 provision at our 21st Century learning campus."
Cllr Arwel Jones, Powys County Council's Cabinet Member Education, said: "We have to look at news ways of providing education in the county to ensure that the reducing levels of funding we receive are spent providing the best possible education to our young people. Our model gives the school the flexibility to commission new subjects which, traditionally, the school has not been able to offer. This will enable Ysgol Maesydderwen to provide those subjects which the young people wish to study at 6th form."
The new arrangements were agreed by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 29 September 2015