A SIXTH form is to officially close next year.

The post-16 provision at Todmorden High School in will cease on August 31, 2018 following a five-week public consultation.

Council bosses said recent changes to the government funding of post-16 education mean that the majority of schools now receive less money for A Level students and some vocational courses for 16-18 year olds than in previous years with sixth forms needing a minimum of 200 students to be financially sustainable.

Todmorden High School, which has 118 students, in the sixth form will stop taking students from September 2017.

Cllr Megan Swift, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: "We fully support the Governors’ decision to end sixth form provision at the school because of concerns about the budget. I know that this was a tough decision for them to take.

"Although it is regrettable it will mean that the school can continue to focus on its rapidly improving offer to 11-16 year olds.

"The school is already recognised as good by OFSTED and is determined to achieve outstanding in the next stage of its development.

"We are continuing to invest in the school and work on the fantastic new multi-million pound English and Humanities building is well underway. This a great school with real ambition for its pupils and I’m confident they will continue to make excellent progress in future."