Connah's Quay High School

Ysgol Uwchradd Cei Connah / Connah's Quay High School

School backs fight to save steelworks

Save Our Steelworks: Connah's Quay High offers support to Shotton plant

As published by: The Leader, 12th May 2016
Reported by: David Humphreys 

A STEELWORKS threatened with closure remains a “very important partner” to a high school in a neighbouring community.

Staff, students and governors from Connah’s Quay High School have come together to show their support to the campaign to save Shotton steelworks.

The school stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Unite the Union representatives yesterday as they underlined their support for the Tata plant.

More than 800 jobs are up in the air after the Indian conglomerate announced in March it was looking to sell off its UK assets.

Up to seven formal expressions of interest have been taken forward by the company to the next stage of the purchase process.

The partnership between the Shotton plant and Connah’s Quay High School is longstanding, with a number of former students and parents of pupils at the school employed at the site.

Chair of Governors, Cllr Ron Hill, was the former secretary of the joint union committee at Shotton steel.

He said: “We are pleased to be able to support Unite in this campaign.

“Shotton steelworks continues to be a very important manufacturer in this area.

“It is a profit-making business, producing high quality steel products for many other industries.

“Not only that, it has been and continues to be a very important partner for Connah’s Quay High School.”

Tata has supported the school through sponsorship and support across various activities including the sponsorship of the students’ highly successful F1 in Schools teams that visited Abu Dhabi and the USA.

Employability and problem solving skills workshops have been put on for year nine students while colleagues in year 11 took part in apprenticeship days.

Headteacher Greg Dixon said: “Our young people have gained a tremendous amount from our partnership with Shotton Steel and I am very grateful for all the support we have had.

“All of us in Connah's Quay High School hope that the steelworks comes through this period of uncertainty and that the future of the plant is secured for the benefit of all of us in this area.”

The Unite the Union representatives also visited Wepre CP in Connah's Quay, where staff and youngsters lent their support to the campaign.

A spokesman for Unite said: “Shotton is a successful profit making plant and even during these challenging economic and business conditions, Shotton has continued to demonstrate its worth and its metal.

“During 2015-2016, Shotton has returned a healthy profit of more than £20million which clearly demonstrates that the Shotton works business model is correct and Shotton can continue to be a successful and viable business in the future.”