HEARTFELT letters have been sent by students pleading with councillors to save their threatened sixth-form at the eleventh hour.
With the deadline passing today for members of the public to have their say over the closure of the sixth-form partnership in Flint, the decision now rests in the hands of Flintshire Council’s cabinet.
But in an impassioned last-minute plea, pupils at Flint High School and St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School have sent letters championing their existing sixth form provision.
The letters urge them to do what they can to prevent the end to the partnership, called ‘6’, which would see future learners travel to a new sixth-form hub in Connah’s Quay.
The existing partnership between Flint’s two high schools was only opened last year.
In one letter Flint High School student Brogan Carroll said: “I am writing to persuade you to keep Flint High School’s sixth form open, because it is really important to all
“Flint High School’s sixth form should stay open because as I am in year seven it will really affect my education.”
Brogan claims a £4-a-day bus fare to get to and from the new hub in Connah’s Quay would see her having to pay £800 on school travel a year.
The proposals are part of Flintshire Council’s ‘21st Century Schools’ programme of school changes.
There would be a central sixth form hub created on Golftyn Lane, Connah’s Quay and the ‘6’ partnership closed.
In another letter Amy Vel wrote: “Teachers know us and know what we can achieve and what levels we work at.
“The sixth form has just been done up to make it look smarter.”
Zach Ashley wrote: “I am writing this letter to persuade you to understand how important our sixth form is and why we are trying to
“We have made a partnership with St Richard Gwyn, which is going incredibly well.
“Do you really want it to close?”
Several further letters were written by staff this week, which will be sent on to councillors.
Kaeti Breward, PE and Welsh teacher at the school, said: “I am fiercely proud of the school I work at and truly believe that I work with an excellent team of people.
“We care and we are proud, not only of our students and school but of their community.
“The sixth-form is a huge part of this, please allow our students the choice of staying on with us.”
Consultations regarding sixth-form provisions at Holywell High School, Connah’s Quay High School, John Summers High School in Queensferry and Elfed High School in Buckley have already taken place.
Before today’s deadline expires on the Flint proposals, people can respond by completing a questionnaire online at flintshire. gov.uk/areaschoolsreview
Following the closure of the consultation period today, Flintshire Council’s cabinet will discuss whether to proceed with the proposals in March.