Friday, 1 June 2018

Torfaen Post 16 Learning Centre

Torfaen Post 16 Learning Centre

If you don't have kids of secondary school age you might not be as in the loop with this as those who do, but construction will soon be underway for the new Post 16 Learning Center. The new campus will be the home of all A-Level education across Torfaen, replacing all the existing secondary school sixth forms - excepting, of course, those at Rougement private school and Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, which will continue to offer Welsh medium A-Level teaching.

It will be located next to Morrisons in Cwmbran, meaning it will have excellent transport links. (Unlike the existing Coleg Gwent campus in Pontypool...) It's right on the route of the X24 and the train station is just across the road.

Torfaen Sixth Form Centre

One of the major disincentives of attending college instead of sixth form to sit my own A-Levels was the travelling involved, particularly the lack of direct route. I know some parents are especially concerned that there will be less pastoral care in a college setting but, based on my own experience and those who have attended sixth forms more recently, the levels being offered in schools have not been anything to write home about.

I personally think students will see a big improvement in that arena once the new centre opens. There will be better ALN facilities, more career advice, and generally better support services.

The centre will be managed and run by Coleg Gwent in partnership with Torfaen Council, allowing for a curriculum offer of over 20 A-Level subjects, GCSE English and Maths, vocational courses, and a few foundation degrees. For more detail check out the TCBC page on the centre.

Name Torfaen Sixth Form and Post 16 Centre

The other thing you can do is suggest a name for the campus! It has to be bilingual so clever acronyms probably won't work, but other than that there's free scope for suggestions. (No public vote though, sadly, so we probably won't be seeing a play on Boaty McBoatface...) Send in your suggestions HERE.

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Out and About in Torfaen

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