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Milford’s sixth form could be axed

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MILFORD Haven School’s sixth form could be the latest to be axed following a consultation period.

At the Council meeting on Thursday (Oct 10), Councillors gathered to agree to the consultation period beginning.

Since 2010, the number of pupils in Milford’s sixth form has fallen by 77% with only 44 pupils enrolled on courses in September 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a letter to Pembrokeshire County Council leader, Cllr David Simpson, Pat James, Chair of Governors at Milford Haven School, said that it was ‘with deep regret and sadness’ that they were having to write to ask the Council’s Director for Children and Schools to undertake the consultation.

The basis for their request is down to falling numbers, reduced curriculum options and not meeting the needs of learners.

However, the Chair of Governors goes on to state that only through the consultation would they be able to determine the appetite for a sixth form at the school.

Pat James states: “This decision by the Governors has been one of the most difficult decisions we have ever undertaken but feel that having explored every avenue over some time, the evidence for closure is overwhelming.

We are also very concerned and mindful as to the impact the closure could have in a community where the school has suffered setbacks in the past and has been regaining confidence back through the hard work of the headteacher, staff and governors.”

Funding for sixth form education is based partly on learner numbers and for 2019/20 the school received just under £250,000 for its sixth form.

The reduction in funding as a result of the decline of pupil numbers has had a significant effect on the number of subjects on offer to learners.

In 2010, a pupil had 22 options to choose from but this has reduced to just nine in 2019.

On the morning of Thursday’s meeting, pupils gathered outside to protest against the closure of the sixth form.

If it does go it would be the latest sixth form to close following closures of Ysgol Bro Gwuan and Ysgol Dewi Sant Sixth forms.

The new build was funded jointly by the College and Welsh Government at a cost of £6.6m.

It had been proposed to move the sixth formers from Haverfordwest to the college as well but after lengthy discussions, it was agreed to keep the sixth form provision at the newly merged school.

The Council had also drawn up a Memorandum of Understanding with Pembrokeshire College but some members felt this was a method of closing sixth forms ‘by the back door’.

The Chair of Governors of Milford Haven School has asked for a stronger link with Pembrokeshire College.

However, many pupils have said they want a choice when it comes to deciding where to go after finishing school.

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Met Office: More rain and flooding warnings for Wales

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ALTHOUGH the severe weather associated with Storm Dennis has passed, there is further wet and windy weather to come this week.

With much of the ground around the UK saturated from heavy rain over the last two weeks, further severe weather warnings are in force for some of the worst hit areas. Yellow National Severe Weather warnings for rain have been issued for southern and north west Wales on Wednesday evening and through Thursday.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Further rain will arrive on Wednesday evening and this is likely to become prolonged and possibly heavy over areas of high ground. For example, there is a chance that 60mm of rain could fall in parts of south Wales over 24 hours. With the ground already saturated there is a chance of further flooding, members of the public should check their flood risk and stay up to date with flood warnings from Natural Resources Wales, SEPA, NI Direct and the Environment Agency.”

Blustery showers will continue through the day on Monday and Tuesday, particularly in the west, these showers are likely to fall as snow over higher ground especially in Scotland over 200m in elevation. Although there will be sunny spells for many, thunder and hail could accompany the heavier showers.

Under clear skies on Tuesday night pockets of frost are likely as more settled conditions associated with a brief ridge of higher pressure pass through.

Rain and increasingly strong winds will move in from the west on Wednesday morning spreading across the whole of the UK through the day. Rain will be persistent and heavy at times in Wales and north western England overnight and a further front will move through on Thursday bringing heavy downpours.

Storm Dennis brought wet and windy conditions after what was an unsettled week, with Storm Ciara bringing stormy conditions the weekend before. South Wales saw the most rain from Storm Dennis, with 157.6mm recorded at a Natural Resources Wales site in Crai Resr, Powys, between midnight on Saturday morning to 10:00 this morning (17 February). The highest wind speed recorded during the storm was 91mph on Saturday evening at Aberdaron, Gwynedd.

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Public should ‘be alert’ as flood water causes disruption across Wales

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES is warning people to be alert as flood water causes disruption across Wales.

Coastal areas in west Wales have taken a battering, with Newgale flooding again.

The situation is stabilising, and river levels have started to peak but there are still warnings and alerts in place, and Natural Resources Wales are continuing to monitor the situation.

There are currently 2 Severe Weather Warnings, 83 Flood Warnings and 63 flood alerts in place across Wales.

Donna Littlechild, Duty Tactical Manger said: “Storm Dennis has caused significant impacts across Wales particularly in the south and west, from strong winds and heavy, persistent rain. With further rain forecast for the next few hours, we are urging people to heed advice from ourselves and emergency services.

“Our teams have been out day and night over the last 48 hours to reduce the risk to people and their homes. We have installed temporary defences to protect communities as much as possible, as well as deploying pumps, closing flood gates and supporting emergency services.

“Our thoughts are with those people who have been affected as we know how devastating flooding can be. If you’ve been affected, please keep safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services. Advice and information available about what to do if you’ve been flooded in available on our website”

People are advised to take extra care and allow extra time for their journey as driving conditions may be hazardous. People should also avoid walking or driving through any flood waters as it can be extremely dangerous. People should also avoid fast flowing rivers and streams as they could get swept away and avoid coastal areas.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresources.wales/flooding

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Farmer Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence

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THE FARMER behind the ‘farm of horrors’, Bramble Hall Farm, in Pembroke has been sent to prison following a sentencing hearing this morning.

Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence, to commence immediately, for illegal dog breeding, animal welfare charges and other summary matters.

He was given an indefinite ban from keeping animals (which by virtue of the legal definition includes having any involvement or influence over the care or welfare of animals),

No costs were awarded against him due to prison sentence being instigated.

The date for the sentencing in Crown Court for operating an illegal slaughterhouse, related hygiene offences, supply of unsafe food and animal by-product offence is currently awaited.

The hearing took place in front of District Judge Chris James at Swansea Magistrates’ Court

FULL REPORT IN TOMORROW’S HERALD

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