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Secondary school plans to be unveiled

Created on 07/09/2011 @ 10:02
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Plans that will affect the future of secondary education in Montgomeryshire will be revealed next month, according to Powys County Council.

The controversial plans, which could include sixth forms being merged between high schools, are expected to be published before further consultation is undertaken.

The council has been reviewing the long term management of 11-16, Welsh medium and post 16 education as part of its school modernisation initiative. Earlier this year it held a series of informal consultation meetings at secondary schools and Coleg Powys sites to listen to views.

Cabinet Member for Learning and Leisure, Councillor Stephen Hayes said: “The council has spent a considerable time reviewing feedback from its extensive informal consultation on the future of our secondary schools and reviewing available options.

“Our schools are facing challenging times but we are determined that the changes we introduce will be the best options for future learners. Change is inevitable; the current structure is not sustainable.

“We are in the final stages of developing options for the long term management of 11-16 education, Welsh medium education and Post 16 education - plans that we believe will maintain and build on the excellence we already have at a time when resources are under greater pressure than ever.

“We hope to be in a position to outline those proposals towards the end of next month but there is still work to be done. It is vital that the work is completed properly and not rushed, it is too important for future learners.”

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