A SIXTH-FORM hub which will provide the base for much of the county’s post-16 learning has got the nod from planners.
Members of Flintshire Council’s planning committee yesterday gave official approval to plans for a long-awaited sixth-form site at Coleg Cambria Deeside, off Golftyn Lane, Connah’s Quay.
The centre, which will cater for about 700 students, will provide classes, art studios, staff facilities, external terraces, study areas and a café over three floors.
It will centralise much of the county’s post-16 education provision, with sixth-forms at Holywell High School, Connah’s Quay High School, John Summers High School in Queensferry and Elfed High School in Buckley to be discontinued.
Students at Elfed would be encouraged to attend the sixth form at Alun School in Mold.
John Summers High School in Queensferry will also be replaced with a new school for children aged three to 16.
Connah’s Quay councillor Ian Roberts said: “I think this plan will be something that the students will talk about and it will be a centre for excellence. This is a long-wanted development for the students of Flintshire.”
The plan is part of Flintshire Council’s £70 million 21st Century Schools programme.
Speaking before the meeting, Connah’s Quay councillor Paul Shotton said: “I have no doubt that once students are aware of this development they would obviously wish to go there.”
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 at schools losing their sixth-forms would be protected.
But council officers said they were confident the hub would be filled, and that staffing plans would be completed within two years. The hub is due to open in 2016.