Torfaen Learning Zone
This new £24 million purpose built learning centre will be the home of all English language A Level education in Torfaen and will also offer the Welsh Baccalaureate and a range of complementary level 2 & 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 replaces 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.
The centre will be operated on a similar partnership model to the Learning Zone in Blaenau Gwent where students have achieved excellent results and their most successful A level results ever.
On top of a wide range of A levels and other courses, the new facility will also offer courses to the wider community and will offer all the major subjects required by the university sector and have specialist teaching facilities for:
- IT / Computer Science
- Drama/Theatre Studies
Other subjects on offer in the centre will require only general teaching spaces.
The centre’s facilities will include:
- performance hall
- modern classrooms, IT and science labs and art studio
- library and study centre
- free wifi
- quiet rooms and chill-out areas
- flexible working spaces
- social spaces
- music and media suite
- student lockers
- prayer room
- student support services and on-site IT tech support
The building will be fully accessible and will include specialist facilities for pupils with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) such as:
- hearing loops and acoustic treatment of rooms
- specially designed signage and colour schemes to help the visually impaired find their way around the site
- appropriate Level 1 and 2 courses with additional ILS facilities
- hygiene room with hoist
The building will also benefit from CCTV and security controlled swipe card access.
The construction phase is expected to take 80 weeks and the new building will be handed over to the council and Coleg Gwent early in 2020 to allow pupil and parent tours of the new facilities. Further planning applications covering the construction of the road into the centre and a whole site masterplan including other amenities will be submitted over the next few months.
Last Modified: 14/02/2019
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