Welsh Government approve 6th form closures
Tuesday 13th of February 2018
The 6th form closures at Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran High and St Albans RC High will take place at the end of the summer term in 2020 to coincide with the opening of the £20m, 6th form centre in Cwmbran in September 2020.
The purpose built £20 million facility next to the Morrison’s store in Cwmbran town centre will be run by Coleg Gwent and will become the home of all English medium A level education in Torfaen offering a range of complimentary level 3 and level 2 qualifications.
In anticipation of Welsh Government’s decision progress on the 6th form centre has continued with several major milestones due to be completed before Christmas.
Torfaen’s executive member for education and lifelong learning, Cllr David Yeowell said: ‘This is the news we have been waiting for and we can now start making concrete plans for the smooth transition of pupils, the recruitment of staff and the broad curriculum the centre will offer.
‘It also means we can start engagement with pupils on the name of the new centre as we believe it is vital that young people are involved in the naming of the facility that will have a major impact on their futures.
‘The construction phase is expected to take 70 weeks and the new building will be handed over to the council and Coleg Gwent early in 2020.’
The new 6th form centre is in a prime location on the edge of Cwmbran town centre. ; The site is being prepared so that the whole area for potential development will be ready when construction work starts on the new 6th form centre. ;
Cllr Yeowell added: ‘To avoid uncertainty for pupils and staff, the council took an early decision to agree a new opening date of September 2020. Although the new centre will open to pupils a year later than originally planned, it will reduce potential disruption around the site when students are learning in the new facility and will secure a better development overall.’
Planning applications covering the construction of an access road, a whole site masterplan and finally a full application for the 6th form centre itself are well developed and will be submitted over the next few months.
Pupils who have just started year 11 and wishing to undertake A Levels in school will complete their studies in their school 6th form with current year 10 pupils the first Torfaen students to set foot in the new facility.
The 6th form centre is in Band A of the council’s ambitious 21st Century Schools plan which has already seen several schools refurbished, extended and three new schools open.
Guy Lacey, Principal of Coleg Gwent said: ‘We are delighted to receive the news so we can now move forward with this project. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Torfaen Council to provide this brand new facility offering a wide range of A levels and other courses suitable not only for school leavers but also the wider community.’
Source: http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/News/2017/December/20Welsh-Government-approve-6th-form-closures.aspx (Wed Dec 20th 2017)