Date revealed for John Summers High School closure


David Humphreys

THE final closing date for a Flintshire high school has been revealed.

It is understood John Summers High School in Queensferry will shut its doors for the final time on Thursday, July 20.

The school’s closure was ratified in August last year by Kirsty Williams AM, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education – subject to conditions being met over the development of an alternative school.

Millions of pounds is to be pumped into Connah’s Quay High School to overhaul the Golftyn Lane location ahead of its intake of students from John Summers next term.

The plans are now out for consultation to the public until March 31 ahead of a full planning application being submitted.

The letter sent to Flintshire Council on behalf of Ms Williams regarding John Summers' closure stated the cabinet secretary partially agreed with the local authority that the school should close because it is no longer viable and other schools in the area can provide at least an equivalent standard provision.

But it was noted that when compared in absolute terms, standards are at least equivalent.

When benchmarked the outcomes at John Summers High School ranked higher than Connah’s Quay High School and St David’s High School in Saltney.

The proposed work at Connah’s Quay includes the replacement of the design and technology and art and food technology blocks.

The three-storey block will be replaced with a new two-storey building comprising administration, design and technology, food tech, art and design and room for additional teaching provision, office space, toilets, lift, stairs and a plant room.

In a letter to parents, Ann Peers, Connah’s Quay High School headteacher, said: “As you may be aware, Connah’s Quay High School has secured funding to undertake redevelopment works to the school.

“The proposals are likely to include the part demolition and extension of buildings on the site to provide new education facilities, an internal reconfiguration of the existing school, external alterations to improve the school’s appearance and improvements to the school’s external realm and car parking.

“The redeveloped school will provide a high-quality education facility which will better respond to the future of the new Welsh curriculum, and the needs of learners, staff and the local community.

“As a parent/carer we fully appreciate that you will be keen to understand exactly what is proposed and how it may impact upon you and your children.”

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