Plans for all-age school in Llanfair Caereinion to continue

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17 February 2021

Image of Transforming Education words and its brandingPlans to merge two schools in north Powys to create a new all-age school will continue, 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.

Last month (January 12), Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a statutory notice to be published formally proposing the change but the decision was called in by the council's Learning and Skills Scrutiny Committee.

Yesterday (Tuesday, February 16), Cabinet considered the view of the scrutiny committee as well as the consultation report and agreed to publish the statutory notice proposing the change.

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 have considered the observations of the Learning and Skills Scrutiny Committee and have decided to continue with our plans to establish a new all-age school in Llanfair Caereinion.

"We will also 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."

The statutory notice will be published after half-term.

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