New home for sixth form at Ysgol Calon Cymru
A Powys school has moved its sixth form to a new location - and the facilities are proving a big hit for local pupils and the wider community.
The spring term at the Llandrindod campus of Ysgol Calon Cymru saw the move of their sixth form to the new ‘Sixth Form Centre and Community Hub’.
The new centre, formally known as a youth centre and scout hall, is located within the school grounds and is just a short walk from the main campus. It has a wide range of facilities which include a common room, quiet study room, ICT room, sports hall and quiet office space.
The centre, managed by sixth form manager Lia Price, has very quickly become established as a base for pupils from both the Llandrindod campus and those pupils from the Builth campus who study some subjects in Llandrindod.
Ms Price said: “We are delighted to be able to move our sixth form provision forward and provide the sort of learning environment that our pupils are entitled to”.
Lizzie Tiernan, Llandrindod campus head of sixth form, said: “Pupils are already benefitting from the new space to study, relax and take part in a wide range of activities such as Badminton, Table Tennis and Pool.
“It is wonderful to be able to give our sixth formers an experience of post-16 study that supports them as young adults.”
For the school, keeping the centre as a community space is very important. The centre is used by a range of multi-agencies and local community groups such as Scouts, Guides, Brownies & Rainbows and the Llandrindod Youth Club.
Jenni Moorhouse from the Scouts said: “Scouting enables young people to learn lifelong skills while at the same time having fun and making new friends, covering ages 6 - 14 we have three sections and around 75 children accessing our group weekly.
“We look forward to working in partnership with the school to support the local community and our young people for many years to come.”
Headteacher Richard Jones said that the school is very proud of its community links and hopes that this facility will strengthen them further. He added that this new facility, along with the school’s increasing curriculum, offer allows pupils to have a rewarding and fulfilling experience as part of the Ysgol Calon Cymru Sixth Form.
“At YCC, we believe in a sixth form that not only strives for academic excellence, but one that is central to the vitality of the school,” said Mr Jones.
Working alongside other Sixth Forms as part of the Chweched Powys Sixth, the headteacher added that the collaboration between schools was stronger than ever, and he was pleased that Ysgol Calon Cymru could play its part in ensuring learners in Powys receive the quality of provision they are entitled to.
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