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Area Schools Review 2012
Responses were reported to Councillors (Cabinet - 19th March 2013) who approved the preferred option for each of the three areas.
Statutory Notices will now be drafted for publication. This stage will allow one month following the date of publication for anyone to lodge a formal (written) objection to the proposal.
Any objections will be considered by the Welsh Ministers at Welsh Government, in which case, the final decision on implementation will be with the Minister with responsibility for education and skills.
Earlier this year, a number of consultation events were held in Holywell, Buckley, Queensferry and Connah's Quay to seek people’s views on proposed options to modernise secondary schools in the county.
Attended by Governors, Teachers, Staff, Parents and Carers, the events provided the Council with a wealth of feedback.
During the first round of consultation, Councillors committed to undertake a second stage of consultations before making any final decision about whether or not to formally progress with one single proposal for each area. This second stage of consultation is scheduled to begin on Monday 12 November, and a number of events will be held over a two week period.
These events are to make sure that the views of parents, students, governors, staff and unions are heard and help the Council decide whether to progress to the formal statutory stage and publish a single option for each of the three local areas. Invitation letters have been sent to parents who have pupils in the schools that may be affected and consultation booklets will be dispatched shortly and are available below:
There are a number of ways people can let the Council know what they think. They can:
- ask questions and let us know their views at these meetings
- complete a questionnaire and return it to the School Modernisation Team, Lifelong Learning, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6DN;
- or alternatively;
- put your responses in writing to the School Modernisation Team, Lifelong Learning, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire. CH7 6DN
PLEASE NOTE THIS CONSULTATION PERIOD HAS NOW ENDED.
The Council's Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 17 July 2012 approved the commencement of consultation on a single preferred option for each area review to begin early in the new academic year. More information about when the consultations will begin along with how you can have your say will be available shortly.
For further information on each of the three preferred options please follow the area links below;
Full report available by clicking on the following link: Full report (will open in a new window)
- A report on the Area Schools Review will be presented to Cabinet on Tuesday 17 July 2012.
Secondary School Area Review Report (new window)
- The Area Schools Review report considered by Cabinet on Tuesday 12 June 2012 will be presented to full Council on Tuesday 19 June 2012 for information.
Area Schools Review County Council Report 19 June 2012 (PDF.doc 23.29KB new window)
Area Schools Review County Council Report 19 June 2012 Appendix 2 (PDF.doc 10KB new window)
- A report on the Area Schools Review will be presented to Cabinet on Tuesday 12 June 2012.
Secondary Schools Area Review Report (PDF.doc 5MB new window)
- Report relating to the consultation with parents, governors and staff of affected schools.
Children and Young People School Modernisation Responses Final Report (PDF.doc 564KB new window)
- Report relating to the consultation with pupils and young people in the affected schools.
App1 Report on Responses from Parents Gov staff (PDF.doc 1090KB) new window
Additional responses - file available for inspection at Entrance 3 Reception, County Hall, Mold
To help Councillors make informed decisions, some of the issues you may consider putting forward as evidence and views are:
- the standard of education to be provided in the area, including provision for pupils with additional learning needs, delivery of the Foundation Phase and the 14-19 Transformation Programme;
- the need for particular provision in an area, for example to meet increasing or decreasing pupil numbers or parental demand for Welsh medium or faith education in the area;
- meeting equality legislation and tackling child poverty;
- accessibility of schools, particularly on the journey times to school;
- maintenance of the Welsh language;
- provision of community focused facilities (e.g. leisure, culture, health) or on social cohesion;
- making all school buildings "fit for purpose"; and
- likely cost-effectiveness of proposals.
For more information on each area review please follow the links below:
- Holywell area
- Buckley, Mynydd Isa and Mold area
- Queensferry, Shotton and Connah’s Quay area
- Children and Young People - School Modernisation
For more information for this service submit an enquiry (will open an e-form)