A SCHOOL looks set to close its sixth form.

Governors at All Saints' High School, Bradley Bar, are to launch a formal consultation process.

There are 76 students in the sixth form at the Roman Catholic school, but the numbers in the past have been as high as 135.

The plan would leave just one Kirklees Council school with a sixth form in the Huddersfield area, Shelley High.

Other choices for post-16 education will be at Huddersfield New College, Huddersfield Technical College and Greenhead College in the town.

The remaining sixth-form provision in Kirklees is at Howden Clough Girls' High School and Sixth Form Centre in Birstall; St John Fisher Catholic High School, Dewsbury; Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form; Heckmondwike Grammar School; and Whitcliffe Mount School, Cleckheaton.

Mr Liam Harron, head teacher at All Saints, said it was not easy for small sixth forms to provide everything that larger institutions could.

But he added that new opportunities facing the school would reduce the impact of the loss of the sixth form.

Among them is a bid to completely rebuild the school under the Government's Building Schools for the Future programme.

"New opportunities, not available to us before, present exciting challenges for more staff and students and we are energised by the prospect of shaping a new future for the school," said Mr Harron.

"At the same time we are sad that a degree of choice will be removed from students in Huddersfield.

"We are enormously proud of our former sixth-formers, who are contributing so much to society."

The plan for All Saints would see no new admissions to the sixth form after this September.

The consultation and statutory notice period allows people to make objections.

It will take at least three months.

All Saints was formed from the merger of St Augustine's and St Gregory's schools in the 1970s.