Chronicle column (1/9/16)

Last week, Flintshire students celebrated some fantastic GCSE results. GCSE results in Flintshire have always been amongst the best in the country and this year was no exception with results improving on last year’s.

These results coupled with the excellent A-level results obtained by Flintshire pupils the previous week, really pays tribute to the hard work put in by students, teachers, support staff and also the local authority.

I know from personal experience, with my youngest son also picking up his results, how nerve racking a time it is for these young individuals. I hope now that the stress of results day is over, these people can now use their results to pursue their chosen path, whether that be further education or full time employment.

After this week’s statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, the fate of John Summers High School appears to have been sealed. There has been a hard fought campaign to keep the school open and I know this statement will sadden a considerable amount of people.

I am disappointed that a solution could not be found, however I understand that the Council are hard pressed financially and difficult decisions have to be made. It’s a sad day for Flintshire, particularly the people of Shotton and the surrounding area, as John Summers has been an ever present in the community for so many years.

I will now do my utmost to ensure that the remaining schools that serve the Deeside area continue to provide a high level of education. I also want to ensure all the relevant bodies pull together and make sure standards are maintained at John Summers High School throughout the 2016/17 educational year.

The Paralympics start next week and I’d like to wish my good friend, Bev Jones, all the best for this year’s event. I know Bev has overcome some significant personal setbacks getting to Rio, however I am very happy that she has got herself on the plane. I’d also like to extend my good luck message to Flintshire’s other competitor, Sabrina Fortune, I am sure you will both do the county proud.