BALLOONS were released into the sky to mark the opening of a new sixth form.
Governors, teachers and students watched on as the new centre, formed by Flint High School and St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, opened its door for the first time.
Coronation Street star and former Flint High pupil Ian Puleston-Davies was on hand to cut the ribbon, before the purple balloons were released – which matched the colour scheme of the building’s interior.
Students gave tours around the new sixth form, named ‘6’, which will give pupils from both schools access to a refurbished space containing a lecture theatre, computer space and kitchen.
Pamela McClean, headteacher at Flint High, said: “This is a wonderful day for students from both schools and the community.
“The sixth form area looks amazing and the design, by Skyline in Liverpool, has been specifically geared to providing a modern, dynamic and positive learning environment to give students a state-of-the-art facility.
“We look forward to ‘6’ becoming a very successful initiative for all parties.”
More than 30 A-level and BTec subjects will be available to prospective students, who will also gain from the combined resources of two schools working together.
Ron Keating, headteacher at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, said: “This is a very exciting day for everyone involved.
“A lot of hard work has gone into making this happen and I am very impressed with the results.
“Both schools have a track record of outstanding results, and providing our students with the highest quality sixth form education will build on this and lead to their future success.”
The opening comes at a time when a number of schools in Flintshire could lose their sixth form provisions in plans being put forward by Flintshire Council.
The 21st Century Schools Programme proposes to change provisions at Holywell High School, Connah’s Quay High School, John Summers High School in Queensferry and Elfed High School in Buckley.
In the proposed changes, which are likely to be called-in and scrutinised by the Welsh Government after a score of objections, the sixth forms at all four schools would be closed and a central sixth form hub would be created on Golftyn Lane, Connah’s Quay.
Students at Elfed High would be encouraged to attend the sixth form at the Alun School, Mold.