Hundreds protest over Pembrokeshire sixth form shake-up plan

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An estimated 500 people protested outside Pembrokeshire council over plans to shake-up sixth form provision.

Secondary school reorganisation plans include replacing post-16 education with a new sixth form centre at Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest.

Opponents fear a lack of continuity could affect some pupils' prospects. The council is to consult on its plans.

The protest was held outside a meeting of the full council although the issue was not debated.

The council's proposals originally included the closure of the secondary school in St David's but that plan was dropped after a similar demonstration was held outside county hall in Haverfordwest in January.

Among the protesters were pupils, teachers and parents from Sir Thomas Picton and Tasker Milward schools in Haverfordwest.

"Our argument is that they would not make everyone go to sixth form so why make everyone go to college," said Cory Jenkins, head boy at Sir Thomas Picton School who took part in the protest.

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