Topping out ceremony takes place for Torfaen Learning Zone
On Thursday 12 September, a topping out ceremony took place on the roof of the Torfaen Learning Zone to mark the latest milestone in the £24 million development.
The Torfaen Learning Zone will be the home of all English language A Level education in Torfaen and will also offer the Welsh Baccalaureate and a range of level 2 and 3 qualifications.
The centre is in a prime location next to the Morrisons store in the centre of Cwmbran with excellent links to public transport and facilities in the town centre. It will serve all pupils in the borough and will become the pathway for Torfaen students into higher education, training and employment.
It will replace the three English medium school 6th forms in the borough and will be managed and run by Coleg Gwent in partnership with the council. The 6th form closures at Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran High and St Albans RC High will take place at the end of the summer term in 2020 to coincide with the opening of the new centre in Cwmbran in September 2020.
Councillor David Yeowell, executive member for education, said: “This is a landmark moment for the Torfaen Learning Zone which is well on track and will transform post-16 education for Torfaen students, offering them the best possible curriculum in a modern, high quality learning environment.”
Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters said: “Even though our budget has been cut because of austerity we’re prioritising money to build new schools and colleges. The Torfaen Learning Zone is a £12 million investment in the area and will see a big improvement. As we mark the 20th anniversary of devolution today’s announcement is example of how we’re making a difference to the lives of students and teachers in Torfaen.”
Councillor Anthony Hunt, leader of the council, said: “This event marks another significant milestone in this exciting development. There’s a lot of work taking place with Coleg Gwent, the schools and council to ensure the students get the possible transition from school to the Torfaen Learning Zone and we’re all looking forward to opening its doors for students in 2020.
Coleg Gwent Principal Guy Lacey said, “This is an exciting day in the development of the Torfaen Learning Zone, which will be an amazing facility for the young people and adult learners of the area. We very much look forward to welcoming our first learners when we open the doors next September."
First sod cut at the Torfaen Learning Zone
On Monday, 19th November, Torfaen Council and Coleg Gwent officially cut the first sod of Torfaen’s new post 16 learning centre to mark the beginning of a new era for education in Torfaen.
Although the foundations are well underway, the ceremonial sod cutting ceremony marked a significant milestone in the construction of the new £24 million learning centre due to open in September 2020.
As part of the ceremony, Council Leader, Anthony Hunt and Coleg Gwent Principal, Guy Lacey also revealed the new Coleg Gwent campus would be called the Torfaen Learning Zone.
The Torfaen Learning Zone is part of the council’s 21st Century Schools programme and is jointly funded by the council and Welsh Government.
The new Coleg Gwent campus will become the home of all English language A Level education in Torfaen and will offer students the Welsh Baccalaureate plus a range of level 2 & 3 vocational qualifications.
The campus replaces three English medium school sixth forms in the borough. It will be managed and run by Coleg Gwent in partnership with the council and will provide the pathway for Torfaen students into higher education, training and employment.
Leader of Torfaen Council, councillor Anthony Hunt said: ‘This ceremonial sod cutting of the Torfaen Learning Zone is a landmark day for the council and helps secure a more sustainable way of delivering post 16 education in Torfaen. Our schools have managed admirably, but the financial environment presents huge challenges which are unlikely to get any easier in the years ahead.
‘Our motivation as always is our learners, and making sure they will be able to access the broadest possible curriculum and quality of provision into the future. The development of the wider site represents a joint investment of over £27 million and takes the total amount of capital investment in education in Torfaen since 2014 to just under £90 million.’
Executive Member for Education, Councillor David Yeowell, said: ‘This is a momentous event in Torfaen’s history and it is fantastic to see our schools represented here today. The change from school based sixth forms has naturally presented challenges, but I have been very impressed with the spirit of cooperation that has developed with Coleg Gwent to ensure that everything is delivered to the highest possible standard. I’m particularly looking forward to witnessing the first intake of learners stepping into the Torfaen Learning Zone in 2020.’
Coleg Gwent’s Principal, Guy Lacey added: ‘Today marks a key milestone in the development of this fantastic facility for all of Torfaen. It is a celebration of what is to come and we very much look forward to welcoming our first learners when we open the doors in 2020.’
Last Modified: 25/09/2019
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