THOMAS Rotherham College has announced plans to join an academy trust to “improve the educational experience” it offers its students.
Bosses at the Moorgate Road site have given notice to dissolve TRC and transfer its property, rights, assets and liabilities to Inspire Trust, which also runs nearby Oakwood School.
A spokeswoman said the move was proposed so it could change from a sixth form college to a 16 to 19 academy.
It added: “The rationale for this change is to improve the educational experience of the students via improved educational links with feeder schools and to improve the finances of the college via access to VAT rebates which are not available to colleges and efficiency savings gained from sharing costs for services and combining some back-office functions.
“The date proposed for the dissolution of the Corporation of Thomas Rotherham College and the creation of Thomas Rotherham College as a 16 to 19 academy is August 31, 2017.”
The spokeswoman said TRC “will continue to operate as normal after joining Inspire Trust” and added students will be able to continue their courses and there were no plans for major curriculum changes.
A consultation document setting out the college’s proposals will be published on its website next week.
Public consultation will run until June 16 and a summary of comments will be published by July 10.
People can also view the proposals at the college on Monday, May 22 from 5pm until 6pm.