Consultation for Expansion

Consultation on the expansion of Rochdale Sixth Form College premises

Wednesday 14th December 2022 – Tuesday 24th January 2023

Overview

The Altus Education Partnership Trustees and the Local Governing Body for Rochdale Sixth Form College (RSFC) are in consultation on a proposed expansion of the college premises to accommodate local demographic need.

Rochdale Sixth Form College have made a capital funding application to the Department for Education Post-16 Capacity Fund. As part of this application we are consulting with students, staff, parents, and the local community.

What is the Department for Education Post-16 Capacity Fund?

The Post-16 Capacity Fund has three core objectives:

  • to provide additional capacity in 16-19 providers, where there is due to be a demographic increase in learners and there is not enough existing capacity to accommodate that increase;
  • to ensure that provision to be delivered through the additional space developed meets local and national skills requirements and is reflective of learner demand; and
  • to do so in the most efficient and sustainable way possible, to ensure value for money in the investment of public funds, and to support the Government’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008.

The Post-16 Capacity Fund has very clear eligibility guidance.

A note from Richard Ronksley, Principal/ CEO.

The Post-16 Capacity Fund is an exciting opportunity for RSFC to increase classroom accommodation within the existing college site.

Within the bid RSFC have submitted statistical evidence to show that the proposed expansion of college premises is to accommodate the demographic growth in the borough of Rochdale. The proposal is not to increase our market share. The evidence is based on demographic data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), factors such as the creation of any additional housing in the borough and patterns of RSFC’s historic student intake have not been included.

As part of the bid we have consulted with Lea Hough to design plans for the proposed new build, which are below:

Illustration 1: Drawing outlines the addition to the existing building that would provide an additional 18 classrooms (North East view)

Illustration 2: Drawing outlines the addition to the existing building that would provide an additional 18 classrooms (North West view)

Illustration 3: Highlights the floor plan.

The bid has now been submitted, but as part of the business case we need the opinions and support of our stakeholders and the local opinion.

We expect to receive a final decision on the funding application in Spring 2023.

Next Steps

The consultation will run from Wednesday 14th December 2022 – Tuesday 24th January 2023 (noon) inclusive.

You can express your opinions by:

  • Writing to:

Post-16 Capacity Fund Consultations

Rochdale Sixth Form College, College Road, Rochdale, OL12 6HY

Illustration 1 - Axonometric View - North East - From River

Illustration 1

Illustration 2 - Axonometric View - North West - From ASDA carpark

Illustration 2

Illustration 3 – floor plan

Illustration 3


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