A SCHOOL sixth-form will close regardless of a decision by ministers currently considering its future.
Elfed High School in Buckley has announced the current crop of year 12 students will be the last to study at the school.
The future of the school’s post-16 provisions were at risk anyway, with its closure earmarked in Flintshire Council’s School Modernisation programme.
After 25 objections to the plans, the decision of whether to go ahead with the modernisation programme is in the hands of Welsh Government education minister Huw Lewis.
But in a letter to parents, chair of governers Ian Collins said that due to the situation, they would not provide sixth form classes.
He said: “The current Year 12s will be the last to enter our sixth form and will complete their courses in June 2015.
“Resources currently used by the sixth form will become available for students 11 to 16 years.
“The council has proposed that any surplus classrooms will be used as offices by county employees who currently work in education or leisure services and have been adequately assessed to work in close to children.”
Flintshire Council’s ‘21st Century Schools Programme’ proposes changes to sixth form provision at Holywell High School, Connah’s Quay High School, John Summers High School in Queensferry and Elfed High School.
In the proposed council shake up, sixth form classes at the four schools would be axed and a new central sixth form hub on Golftyn Lane, Connah’s Quay, built.
The authority said the move would be an effort to solve the problem of surplus places in the county’s six forms.
Students at Elfed High would be encouraged to attend the sixth form at Alun High School, Mold.
There were 19 objections related to changes at Elfed High School and six related to changes at Connah’s Quay High School.
Mr Collins added: “During this time sixth form students have benefited from excellent teaching and small class sizes. However, because of reduced funding, this is not sustainable financially as it would mean subsidising this provision from money intended for the 11 to 16 age group.”
Flintshire Council’s director of lifelong learning Ian Budd has previously said: “A significant body of opinion, including the governing body at Elfed High, has expressed the view that post-16 education should be retained at the school.
“However, it’s acknowledged the present number on-roll in the sixth form is below the level which can provide financial viability and to efficiently sustain the required breadth of curriculum.”