AN ARTIST’S impressions of a new sixth form hub have been unveiled.
Detailed proposals for a 16-plus learning centre in Connah’s Quay were put on public display during an open evening at Coleg Cambria’s Deeside campus.
The further education hub could be set up at Connah’s Quay High School on Golftyn Lane and formulative plans have initially received glowing responses from town and county councillors who attended the event.
Connah’s Quay Golftyn councillor Paul Shotton said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see this centre of excellence for the sixth formers we all believe it will produce.
“Being next to Coleg Cambria gives it added benefit and I’m sure the sixth formers and students across Flintshire will see the benefits available at the hub and they will want to go there to develop their skills.”
The proposal forms part of Flintshire Council’s ‘21st Century Schools’ programme, which has proposed to change provisions at four schools including Connah’s Quay, John Summers High School in Queensferry, Holywell High School and Elfed High School in Buckley.
The proposed changes would see the sixth forms at all four schools closed with a new central sixth form hub being created on Golftyn Lane.
Town representatives were joined at the open evening by Flintshire Council leader Aaron Shotton and deputy leader Bernie Attridge as well as cabinet member for education, Cllr Chris Bithell.
Connah’s Quay South councillor Ian Dunbar, said he was excited by the plans.
He added: “It is an impressive looking building that was shown to us all. The inside layout caters for all manner of studies that will be of extreme importance to the education of our young students, from music to science.
“We were given a guided tour and information by the architects, who even showed us the finished drawing of the three tiered building with the voltaic installation on the roof to feed back into the building to keep it warm and comfortable. We are all of the same opinion that this hub is another 21st century build and wait patiently for the project to begin.
“It is a bright and spacious concept that will be a credit to the youngsters of Flintshire and the surrounding areas who want to further their education for many years to come.”
The plans for the proposed sixth form hub are to be put forward as an official application next week.
l NOT everybody is as enthusiastic about the council's education shake-up.
Concerned councillors in Bagillt and Flint have offered strong opposition to the potential closure of their brand new sixth form partnership.
As part of the 21st Century Schools programme, the new ‘6’ centre opened by Flint High School and St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School could be axed as part of the radical education shake-up.
Bagillt Community Council chairman Mike Reece has campaigned alongside council colleagues from Flint to stop the move.
He said: “It is obvious this partnership is working and it should be given the chance to continue.
"Bigger is not always better and local children here should have the same choice as others in the county.
“We are concerned any change would cause major disruption for the whole school.”
Two-hundred worried parents have also set up a Facebook page to campaign for the site to remain open.
The campaign to keep open the ‘6’ site has also received backing from MP David Hanson and Sandy Mewies AM.