PLANS for a long-awaited sixth form hub catering for about 700 students have been submitted.
Councillors will discuss an application to build the large education centre at Deeside College, off Golftyn Lane in Connah’s Quay next week.
The plan is part of Flintshire Council’s £70 million 21st Century Schools programme, which will see the sixth forms at several schools discontinued and education provided from the central hub.
According to a report which will be discussed at a meeting of Flintshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, the facility will provide classes, art studios, staff facilities, external terraces, study areas and a café over three floors.
The report said: “The proposal is submitted as a result of the council’s restructuring of sixth form provision at various schools in the county and would lead to amalgamation of a number of sixth forms to allow for a post-16 education centre which would be run in conjunction with Coleg Cambria.
“The proposal provides for a quality, well-designed modern educational facility.”
The programme will see sixth form provision at Holywell High School, Connah’s Quay High School, John Summers High School in Queensferry and Elfed High School in Buckley discontinued.
Students at Elfed High School would be encouraged to attend the sixth form at the Alun School in Mold.
The proposal aims to resolve the county’s problem of excess spaces at schools.
A consultation was also carried out over the closure of a sixth-form partnership at Flint High School and St Richard Gwyn High School, Flint, but members of Flintshire Council’s cabinet decided to save the partnership. A consultation on sixth-form provision at St David’s High School, Saltney will also soon begin, as the school relies on a consortium with surrounding facilities, which will be affected by the proposed changes.
John Summers High School in Queensferry will also be replaced with a new school for children aged three to 16.
At a recent meeting of Flintshire Council’s lifelong learning and overview scrutiny committee members slammed the lack of detail about how the hub would be viable and how jobs would be protected.
But council officers said they were confident the hub would be filled, and that staffing plans would be completed over the coming two years.