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21st Century Schools

Published: 13/10/2016

Exciting proposals for the next phase of the Council’s school modernisation programme will be shared with Flintshire’s Cabinet when they meet on 18 October. The proposals, part of the Welsh Government’s 21st century schools programme, fit with the Council’s priority of “skills and learning” - improving learning provision and opportunities to achieve better learner outcomes and ensuring that our young people are equipped and best prepared to be the workforce of the future. Following the successful completion of the Holywell Learning Campus (Ysgol Treffynnon and Ysgol Maes y Felin) and Deeside 6th, delivered on time and within budget, there is a further £18.564m available to progress other projects once proposals have been agreed with Welsh Government One of the proposals is the modernisation of Connah’s Quay High School. The proposal highlights the replacement of the existing Design and Technology (D&T) block and Art and Food Technology block. The three storey block will be replaced with a new two storey building comprising Administration, D&T, Food Tech, Art and Design and room for additional teaching provision, office space, toilets, lift, stairs and a plant room. The Leader of the Council, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said: The Council has agreed a funding package with Welsh Government for its 21st Century Schools programme worth £64.2m. Two modern and exciting campus developments recently opened in the County at Holywell and Deeside as part of this programme. Cabinet will be asked to consider progress reports on other projects within the 21st Century Schools programme, including Connah’s Quay High School. The Council remains committed to investing in the future of our children and young people. We continue to work to provide a high quality sustainable education for all our learners.” Also up for discussion is the proposal for amalgamation and modernisation of the sites at Ysgol Penyffordd, bringing the school onto one site. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Chris Bithell, said: “This is another exciting project which is part of our challenging programme of school modernisation. The design has shown that the Abbott’s Lane infant school site can accommodate extension to house full primary provision at that site, with minimum disruption to the current school operation. This will provide the school with a really bright, positive future. It shows the commitment of the council to the 21st century schools programme – which has already seen the recent successes of the Holywell Learning Campus and Deeside 6 – and our commitment to invest in infrastructure for our local communities.”