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£20m Plan for 6th Form Education in Torfaen Submitted to Welsh Government

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Torfaen’s Cabinet committee will consider a report on 6th form education in the borough.

If approved by Cabinet, the council will submit a report summarising all the issues raised during consultation to Welsh Government for consideration by the Cabinet Secretary for Education.

The proposal is for a £20m, purpose built 6th Form Centre near Cwmbran town centre to replace three English medium school 6th forms in the borough.

It’s proposed the 6th Form Centre will become the home of all A Level education in Torfaen and will also offer Welsh Baccalaureate and level 2 and 3 vocational qualifications.

Torfaen’s Executive Member for Education, Cllr David Yeowell said:

‘Next week Cabinet members will be asked to consider a final report on post 16 education proposals to Welsh Government. This report is part of our ambitious 21st Century Schools Programme.

‘Should the Welsh Government approve our proposal and the funding needed to deliver it, the £20 million purpose built centre will open in Cwmbran during 2019 and serve all the pupils in the borough. This centre would become a pathway for Torfaen students to higher education, training and employment, operating like 6th forms in schools.

‘The proposed centre has an excellent location in the centre of Cwmbran and has excellent links to public transport and the town centre. The economies of bringing all 6th forms into a single centre will ensure a wider curriculum, remove unnecessary duplication and the cost associated with small class sizes.

‘For clarity, the centre will not become a Coleg Gwent campus, but a 6th form centre operated by Coleg Gwent in partnership with Torfaen Council. Where Coleg Gwent is in a similar partnership model in Blaenau Gwent, students have achieved excellent results and their most successful A level results ever.’

The proposed centre will deliver a mix of A & AS levels, the Welsh Baccalaureate and a range of complementary level 2 & 3 qualifications which will improve pupil retention rates and learner outcomes.