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School Modernisation

Why are we reviewing school provision in Flintshire?

Flintshire County Council has a responsibility to review and modernise all school provision, to make sure that we are providing the best possible opportunities for learners, so that they can achieve their full potential.

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The Council needs to ensure there are a sufficient number of school places, of the right type, in the right locations. This is not straightforward in that there are a large number of surplus school places in some areas of the County, whilst other areas don’t have enough places to meet the local demand. In other areas, school populations are sustained by children and young people from outside the local area through parental preference. The need to maintain a large number of ageing school buildings and the supporting infrastructure is unsustainable. Therefore, we need to review our school provision to:

  • ensure our education provision is both high quality and sustainable;
  • improve the quality of school buildings and facilities; and
  • provide the right number of school places, of the right type, in the right locations.

The task involves:

  • forecasting pupil numbers;
  • managing the supply of school places;
  • managing demand through admissions and appeals procedures;
  • ensuring that a framework is in place to secure improvement through school organisational change;
  • being prepared to take difficult decisions; and
  • monitoring and evaluating the impact of decisions.

We review and modernise the way education is delivered through a rolling programme of area reviews. We review schools on an area by area basis, to make sure that when we make changes to school organisation, we take into account any potential impact on other schools nearby.

When we carry out an area review, we always consult with children, young people, parents and carers connected with schools in that area. This is so that they can have their say and be involved in decisions made about our local schools.

The outcomes of an area review can include merging of existing schools through a combination of school federations, merging on one preferred site or the building of new area schools and the closure of schools that are no longer fit for purpose. Achieving this can require substantial capital investment, in conjunction with the Welsh Government, to improve our school infrastructure and ensure that school buildings are suitable and provide an effective legacy for future generations.

School Modernisation Update to Strategy

Current New Build Projects

Holywell Campus New BuildPost 16 Hub New Build

Building work for the new primary and secondary schools in Holywell, which will be co-located on the site of the existing High School, began in January 2015.

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The new Post 16 Education Centre jointly developed by Coleg Cambria, local schools and Flintshire County Council will provide new facilities and a broader curriculum of choice for Post 16 learners in Flintshire.

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Current Consultations

St David's High School ReviewJohn Summers High School Review

Proposal to change the Age Range at St David’s High School, Saltney from 11-18 to 11-16 (by 31st August 2016).

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To change the age range of John Summers High School from 11-18 to 11-16 (from 31st August 2016) and to close John Summers High School 11-16 (from 31st August 2017).

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Historic Consultations & Reviews

Buckley, Mynydd Isa & Mold Area ReviewHolywell Area Review

Closed Consultation.

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Closed Consultation.

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Flint Area ReviewQueensferry, Shotton & Connah's Quay Area Review

Closed Consultation.

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Closed Consultation.

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Saltney Area ReviewBackground Documents

Closed Consultation.

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Documents regarding the whole School Modernisation project.

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Statutory Notices Schools

Closed Consultations.

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