New designs on show
Designs for the proposed new primary and secondary schools in Holywell will be on view to the public at an informal drop-in event later this month.
One new primary school will replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn Infants and Ysgol y Fron Junior school on the same site as a new secondary school for 11 to 16 year olds.
The flagship £30 million development will be built on the Holywell High School site on land at the top of the existing school field.
Senior schools’ staff, education officers and architects have been working together to achieve the best design in place. Parents and local people will be asked for their views on the proposed designs at the drop in event at Holywell High School on Tuesday 22 October between 5.30 and 7.30pm.
The proposed new secondary school will have 600 places and the primary school will have 315 places. Primary children and secondary age students will be educated in the latest state of the art accommodation with all modern IT facilities to assist with learning.
The schools are due to be open from September 2016.
Councillor Chris Bithell, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Lifelong Learning said:
“The provision of this exciting new learning campus in Holywell is moving closer as we can now share the proposed plans and designs with parents and the local community. I hope people will take the opportunity to come along and let us know their views.
Ground Floor Plan as Proposed
First Floor Plan as Proposed
Second Floor Plan as Proposed
At its meeting on Tuesday 17 July 2012 the Council's Cabinet approved a further round of informal consultations, early in the new academic year, on a single preferred option for Holywell.
The preferred option is:
Holywell High School, Ysgol Perth y Terfyn and Ysgol y Fron Preferred Option – Build a new High School for pupils aged 11-16, together with a new primary school to replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn and Ysgol y Fron.
This is an option which would bring together the local infant and junior schools as a new purpose built primary school, at the same site as the High School. This would provide better continuity for learners throughout the full Primary School age range. Key consultation responses identify that Holywell also has a “once in a generation” opportunity to develop a new secondary school to serve local communities.
The present Infant and Junior schools are on limited sites and provide little scope for improvement or development for the future. The amalgamation of these two schools is in accordance with the policy of the Council to bring together schools whenever appropriate. The efficiencies that can be provided for both the new Primary and Secondary schools are a significant element in the initial approval for this proposed scheme by the Welsh Government. Establishing the schools on the same site would be a model for future development at other sites, when resources are available. Any savings that can be made by this model increases the affordability and resourcing of the schools. This approach has attracted the support of the local community.
The challenge remains over how to meet the expectations of Welsh Government to transform sixth form education for learners from the area. A significant number of responses have expressed a view that post-16 education should be retained at the High School. However, the present number on-roll in the Sixth Form is below the level which would provide financial viability and efficiently sustain the required breadth of curriculum under the Learning and Skills Measure. Evidence shows that student numbers and outcomes continue to present viability challenges. The provision of grant-funding for this option is allied to the transformation agenda of the Welsh Government which requires Local Authorities to review the sustainability of post-16 provision, particularly where there are small sixth forms.
An important element in the sustainability of the post-16 provision is the level of funding which is drawn down directly from the Welsh Government, and does not form part of the schools 11-16 budget delegated by the Authority. Post-16 funding is primarily related to the number of students registered post-16 and the subjects studied and is distributed to schools by the Authority in a way agreed by the High Schools.
In the case of Holywell High School, and some other High Schools in similar positions, the funding for post-16 provision has to be topped-up from the delegated budget for 11-16 education.
It is right that any new school should reflect the hopes and aspirations of a genuine community school. This must involve working with other further and higher education partners, other public sector bodies and the voluntary sector to secure community and vocational learning, together with leisure opportunities which will enhance the opportunities available to the people of Holywell and surrounding areas.
This option is linked with the provision of a Post-16 facility at Connah’s Quay. This option has been approved in principle for 50% funding by Welsh Government.
More information about when the consultation will begin along with how you can have your say will be available shortly.
The full report is available here.
Following a series of workshops held for all Flintshire Councillors, the following options for the Holywell area have been formulated and agreed.
Reduce the size of Holywell High School.
Build a new High School for pupils aged 11-18, together with a new primary school to replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn and Ysgol y Fron
Build a new High School for pupils aged 11-16, together with a new primary school to replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn and Ysgol y Fron
Consultation booklets for Holywell High School and for Ysgol Perth y Terfyn and Ysgol y Fron are now available. The booklets provide more information around the options and how the consultation process will work.
Copies of the booklet have been delivered to all affected schools.
A number of meetings with teachers, support staff, governors and parents/carers will be held at Holywell High School and Ysgol y Fron to discuss these options.
Those schools directly involved in the consultation process have been consulted about the most appropriate style of consultations.
During the consultation process, affected schools will be given every opportunity to have their say and their views will be considered before any final decisions are made.
There are a number of ways you can let us know what you think. You can:
ask questions and let us know your views at these meetings
put your responses in writing to the Director of Lifelong Learning, Area Schools Review, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire. CH7 6ND
complete a questionnaire and return it to the Director of Livelong Learning, Area Schools Review, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6ND
This consultation ended 27 April 2012.
Consultations will also take place with Children and Young People in the affected schools.
Holywell Area - Questions
The Consultation event scheduled to take place at Holywell High School on Tuesday 20 September 2011 was stood down.
The consultation events at Holywell High School will be held on:
Monday 4 July 2011 and Tuesday 20 September 2011
You can attend either event and call in at any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.
At these events you will be able to ask questions and discuss any ideas you may have. We want to hear your views.
Don’t worry if you are unable to attend. There will be a number of other ways you can tell us what you think.
You can download a copy of the consultation booklet and also complete a hard copy response form.
You also can pick up a copy of a booklet with more detailed information from school and hand in your completed response form to the Headteacher.
You can also pick up a copy of a booklet with more detailed information from your local library and send your response form to: School Modernisation Team, Lifelong Learning Directorate, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6ND or email firstname.lastname@example.org (will create an e-mail).