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All-age Llanfair school moves to next phase

 
Created on 13/01/2021 @ 12:41
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Plans to merge two schools in Llanfair Caereinion to create a new all-age school have moved a step closer, the county council has said.

Powys County Council wants to establish a new all-age school in Llanfair Caereinion and recently carried out a six-week consultation on proposals, which showed 52% support for the move.

The proposals will help the council deliver its Strategy for Transforming Education, which wants to improve the learner entitlement and experience. The strategy was approved in April 2020.

The new school would be achieved by closing both Llanfair Caereinion C.P. School and Caereinion High School and establishing a new, 4-18 all-age school on the existing sites from September 2022.

On Tuesday, the Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a statutory notice to be published formally proposing the change after receiving and considering the consultation report.

Cabinet also agreed to accelerate dialogue with representatives of the two schools and the community to explore ways to develop and enhance the Welsh-medium provision in Llanfair Caereinion. Feeder schools will be included in this dialogue.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: “We will now continue with our proposal to create a new all-age school in Llanfair Caereinion by publishing the statutory notice formally proposing the change.

“However, as part of the consultation, we did receive a significant number of comments about the language category of the proposed new all-age school.

“Although this was not the formal part of our proposal, it is only right that we take those views into consideration. That is why we will accelerate dialogue with representatives of the two schools and the community to explore ways to develop and enhance the Welsh-medium provision in Llanfair Caereinion. We will include feeder schools in this dialogue.”

It is anticipated that statutory notices will be published before the end of January, and that a further report, summarising any objections received, will be considered by the cabinet before the end of March.



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