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Process to close Churchstoke school ends

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25 November 2021

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A process to close a small north Powys primary school has ended, 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 has proposed closing Churchstoke C.P. School.

This week (Tuesday, 23 November) agreed to end the process in respect of closing Churchstoke C.P. School after considering the findings of the consultation report on the proposal.

However, concerns remain regarding the school which need to be addressed and Cabinet gave the go-ahead for the council to further consider options to address these concerns.  A further report will be brought back to Cabinet in due course.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: "We would like to thank all those who took part in the consultation exercise for this proposal.

"During the consultation exercise it became apparent that a significant number of pupils from the area are travelling to schools in Shropshire, even though Churchstoke C.P. School is their closest school so the school's roll is not as high as it should be.

"There are also a significant number of housing developments in Churchstoke and the wider area which have the potential to put pressure on school places, as well as a need to improve the condition of the schools' estate in the area.

"We also received many comments about the potential impact on the Welsh language and culture should parents choose schools in Shropshire instead of a Powys school for their children.

"We want to look at these issues with urgency and I will be asking officers to come back with initial findings as soon as possible."

For more information about Transforming Education in Powys, visit Transforming Education.