Consultation starts on Castle Caereinion Church in Wales School closure proposal

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14 April 2021

Image of Transforming Education words and its brandingConsultation on a proposal to close a north Powys primary school has begun, the county council has said.

Powys County Council is looking to reconfigure and rationalise the primary school provision in the county as part of its Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys 2020-2030 and is proposing to close Castle Caereinion Church in Wales School.

Now the council is asking for views from the public on the proposal.

If the proposal goes ahead, the school could close at the end of August 2022 with pupils transferring to their nearest alternative school.

Dr Caroline Turner, Chief Executive of Powys County Council, said: "We are committed to transforming the learner experience and entitlement for our learners and we will achieve this by delivering our Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys 2020-2030.

"Our strategy is ambitious, exciting and we believe it will give our learners the best possible start they deserve. However, as we start to implement it, we will be faced with significant decisions as we look to address some of the challenges facing education in Powys which include the high proportion of small schools in the county, decreasing pupil numbers and the high number of surplus places.

"This proposal has not been reached lightly but we have ensured that the best interest of the learners at this school were at the forefront of our discussions and decision-making.

"If this school is to close, then the learners would be attending schools that would be better equipped to meet the requirements of the new national curriculum and that could provide a wider range of educational and extra-curricular opportunities.

"However, it is important that the people of this school community as well as the wider area have their say on this proposal. I would urge them to send their views so that they can be considered."

To respond to the consultation, visit Transforming Education and follow the links to give your views online.

If you would like a paper copy of the consultation document, please contact the Transforming Education Team by phoning 01597 826618 or emailing school.organisation@powys.gov.uk

You can respond to us in writing by emailing school.consultation@powys.gov.uk or via post at Transforming Education Team, Powys County Council, County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LG.

The consultation will close on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

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