A NEW sixth-form centre will open in Connah’s Quay in September 2016, Flintshire Council says.
However, it could be the second of two potential sixth-form establishments to come to fruition following a consultation in relation to post-16 education provision for Flint.
The proposed new centre will provide the whole curriculum on one site at Connah’s Quay and will become the designated destination for post-16 students from there, Holywell, Shotton and Queensferry.
The scheme is part of the Welsh Government’s approved business cases for transformation of post-16 education in Flintshire and is set to be discussed by councillors at their next planning meeting.
Cllr Ian Dunbar, chairman of the council’s planning and development committee, said: “The new centre is in the pipeline and will be discussed at the committee’s next meeting.
“But it will open its doors without a doubt.
“It will be a wonderful 21st century centre of excellence and everything students will want will be under that roof.”
Cllr Dunbar said 50 per cent of the centre would be funded by the Welsh Government, while Flintshire Council and Coleg Cambria would each provide 25 per cent of funding.
Prior to the consultation in relation to post-16 education provision for Flint, St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School and Flint High School launched an informal sixth form collaboration arrangement in September last year, known as the ‘Flint 6’.
The outcome of the consultation revealed strong support for the newly established informal collaborative arrangements between the two schools.
Cllr Chris Bithell, cabinet member for lifelong learning, said: “It is quite clear that the schools and the local community feel strongly and passionately that the current sixth-form arrangement should be given a chance to flourish and prove its worth and that is to be admired and respected.”
The schools have been invited to provide a workable and sustainable business case that can deliver a realistic strategy that will form the basis for a resilient and strong sixth-form provision.
If this can be delivered, the collaboration will be supported by the council’s cabinet.
l In total, there were 1,553 responses to the consultation, which will be discussed at a meeting of Flintshire Council’s cabinet tomorrow.