Step close for new all-age school in Llanfair Caereinion
12 January 2021
Plans to merge two schools in north Powys 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.
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.
Today (Tuesday, January 12) 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: "I would like to thank all those who took part in the consultation exercise over these proposals. The majority of those who took part in the consultation agreed with the proposal to establish a new all-age school in Llanfair Caereinion.
"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.
"We are committed to delivering an improved learner offer for the children and young people in Powys through our Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys. I believe that our proposal for the schools in Llanfair Caereinion will benefit both pupils and teaching staff."
It is anticipated that statutory notices will be published before the end of the month (January) and that a further report, summarising any objections received, will be considered by the Cabinet before the end of March.