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Sisters call for Flint sixth form future

Published date: 16 January 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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THREE sisters have told of fears over proposals to axe a sixth form partnership.

Jordanna, Devan and Evie Woodward, who attend Flint High School, have voiced concerns over proposals to close the sixth form facility ‘6’, a partnership between Flint High and St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School.

Jordanna, currently in sixth form, and Devan, in year 11, spoke of the importance of having the chance to go to the sixth form partnership in the town, and spoke of their fears youngest sister Evie, who is currently in year eight, will not get the chance.

If the shake-up proposals, which are being considered as part of Flintshire Council’s ‘21st Century Schools’ programme, get the go-ahead, Evie faces having to travel to a central sixth-form hub on Golftyn Lane, Connah’s Quay.

Evie said: “The teachers have known [my sisters] since they started, like me, and they haven’t had to worry about who will be teaching them, or going to a strange place where they don’t know anyone. I don’t know what I will do, I just hope it doesn’t close and I can stay here with my friends and my lovely teachers.”

In the proposed changes – likely to be called-in and scrutinised by the Welsh Government after scores of objections – happen the sixth forms at Holywell High School, Connah’s Quay High School, John Summers High School in Queensferry and Elfed High School in Buckley would also close and students would instead attend the Connah’s Quay hub.

Students at Elfed High School would be encouraged to attend the sixth form at the Alun School, Mold. Jordanna said: “We just cannot believe this is happening.”

The girls’ mum, Jane, who works as a receptionist at Flint High, said: “I am very concerned Evie’s happiness could be jeopardised if this proposal goes ahead.”

On Friday, Cllr Mike Reece, chairman of Bagillt Community Council and councillors Brian Doleman, Crad Williams and Terry Renshaw will visit Flint High School to show their support to the school’s campaign to keep its current sixth form arrangement.

The deadline for consultation responses is Friday, January 31. People can respond by completing a questionnaire at www.flintshire.gov.uk/areaschoolsreview and clicking on Flint High School – Consultation Response Form, or write to School Modernisation Team, Lifelong Learning, County Hall, Mold, CH7 6ND.

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