WREXHAM council will be working with local schools and Yale College in a bid to encourage more pupils to take up post-16 education.

In a report to the Executive Board, Hywyn Williams, chief learning and achievement officer outlined the plans, which include conducting a study in schools and colleges that will look at current post-16 provisions and take into account the needs of learners in Wrexham.

The study will look into a number of issues, including the variety of academic and vocational options on offer for students.

It will also evaluate the quality and standards of post-16 education and its accessibility. The study will be conducted by independent consultants appointed by the council.

Once the study has been completed, it will be reported back to the Executive Board who will then consider the key outcomes and any changes that may need to be considered.

As well as a study, a new Learning Partnership Board will be created consisting of headteachers, council members, college principals and members from various education bodies in Wrexham.

The creation of the board will aim to see more collaboration between various bodies, in order to deliver the best possible education and service for post-16 learners in Wrexham.

Cllr Aled Roberts, lead member for Schools and Corporate Parenting, said: “Education in Wrexham is in a good position to respond to the changes the ‘Transformation’ agenda brings. We have recently secured ‘Band A’ status by the Welsh Assembly Government for the variety of subject choices on offer to 14 to 16-year-olds. School attendance in the county borough is also the third best in Wales. The new study will highlight what we need to do in the future to maintain the high standards for learning and achievement for post-16 education in Wrexham.”

The feasibility study will take place between January and June.