Consultation on proposed closure of North Durham Academy Sixth Form and changes to New College Durham Academies Trust Admissions Policy

The purpose of this message is to seek your views on the proposal to close North Durham Academy (NDA) Sixth Form and as a result of this proposed closure amendments to New College Durham Academies Trust (NCDAT) Admissions Policy.  

This proposal and the associated consultation have been approved by NCDAT Board, and Angela Sweeten (Principal of NDA) and Mr Kevin Reynolds (Executive Principal of Consett Academy).  Trustees approved on the 25th June 2020 to formally commence consultation in relation to the proposed closure of the Post 16 provision at North Durham Academy, with effect from August 2021.     

Trustees of NCDAT agreed that no students were to be admitted to NDA Sixth Form in September 2020.  Those students who are already in the Sixth Form will complete their courses.  The Sixth Form is proposed to fully close in August 2021.  This proposal would therefore change the age range of the Academy from 11-18 to 11-16.    

In 2018, NDA commenced a consultation process regarding the proposed suspension of Post 16 provision as it was felt that the Academy could not deliver the highest quality learning experience due to very small group sizes. It was agreed to monitor the situation moving forward. The Academy therefore did not admit any students to Year 12 in September 2018 and only had 17 students in Year 13.   

In the academic year 2018-19, Year 13 students followed a mixed BTEC pathway with 4 students also taking an ‘A’ level subject. However, there were only 5 ‘A’ Level entries in total.    

As a direct result of this proposal we are also seeking your views on amendments to NCDAT Admissions Policy.  

The consultation process will commence on 7th September and will continue until 30th October 2020 after which we will seek permission to close NDA Sixth Form and changes to NCDAT Admission Policy from the Department of Education.   


All comments or suggestions can be submitted via the below links.


  • Proposed Closure of NDA Sixth Form


  • Proposed Changes to NCDAT Admissions Policy

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Christine Connolly, Executive Support Officer