At its meeting on Tuesday 17 July 2012 the Council's Cabinet approved a further round of informal consultations, on a single preferred option for Queensferry, Shotton & Connah’s Quay.
The preferred option is:
Preferred Option – Develop 3-16 facility at John Summers High School with a Post-16 hub at Connah’s Quay High School.
There is a high level of public opposition to amalgamation of John Summers High School with Connah’s Quay High School. Consultees have presented a range of practical challenges and difficulties that make such an option difficult to support. There is strong interest in the creation of a new Sixth Form centre at Connah’s Quay to benefit learners from Deeside, for which there is funding available from the Welsh Government. There is also a creative option put forward by John Summers’ High School Governors to work more closely with local primary school provision in a new community 3-16 arrangement. These options are the emerging preference for this area.
A small secondary department within a 3 to 16 ‘all through’ school would not meet resilience criteria within Flintshire’s School Modernisation Strategy. However, it is in line with emerging models in Ceredigion and Shropshire. As one school, it would present a larger critical mass which would better justify the continuing secondary provision in an area of social need. We will also need to continue to further assess implications arising from the growing Northern Gateway programme. It therefore deserves further consultation and business case planning.
This option, if approved for consultation, requires additional consultations with the Croft Nursery, Queensferry Primary School and St Ethelwold’s Primary School in relation to the creation of additional child care and nursery class provision for the area.
Queensferry Primary School and St Ethelwold’s School are the only schools in Flintshire without nursery provision. The transfer of provision to these schools would facilitate better delivery of the foundation phase. This transfer would also offer opportunities for existing nursery staff.
The Flying Start provision which currently shares the Croft site is an important programme which targets support to families with children under four years of age in areas of high social need. As this programme is to double the numbers of children who are supported over the next four years, additional accommodation will be required, which would be available at the Croft site if the nursery provision was transferred to the two schools.
This option would provide a positive opportunity to enhance the overall provision for children and families in the area.
The full report is available here .