Statutory notice for Brecon schools' proposal published
7 January 2022
A statutory notice proposing the merger of three existing primary schools to create a new primary school in south Powys has been published, the county council has said.
Powys County Council is proposing to merge Mount Street Infants School, Mount Street Junior School and Cradoc C.P. School to create a new primary school as part of Transforming Education plans for the Brecon catchment area.
The proposal is to merge the three schools to create a new primary school operating from the current three sites from September 2023 until the new school transfers to a brand-new school building on the former Brecon High School site in the future. The proposed date for this is 2025/26.
In December, Cabinet agreed to publish the statutory notice formally proposing moving forward with the proposals after considering the findings of a consultation report prepared after the council carried out consultation last year.
There will be a 28-day 'Objection Period' for those who object to the proposal to send their objections to the council, and a further report, summarising any objections received, will be considered by Cabinet before a final decision is made on the proposal.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: "After carefully considering all the consultation responses, Cabinet have agreed to continue with the proposal by publishing the statutory notice formally proposing the amalgamation of Mount Street Infants School, Mount Street Junior School and Cradoc C.P. School to create a new primary school.
"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.
"We are also committed to providing world-class facilities that will enable our learners and teachers to thrive and reach their potential.
"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.
"The decision to continue with this proposal has not been reached lightly. Not only has it been robustly challenged by senior leaders within the council at every step, but it has been developed in the best interest of the learners, who have been at the forefront of our discussions and decision-making.
"I believe that our plans for the Brecon catchment area will help us deliver our strategy and improve the education entitlement and experience for future learners by providing a modern learning environment and facilities to enable the delivery of the new Curriculum for Wales
"However, it is important that Cabinet hears the views of those who object to the proposal before any final decisions are made and I would urge them to send their views to us so that they can be considered."
To view the statutory notice, visit https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/10327/Mount-Street-Infants-School-Mount-Street-Junior-School-and-Cradoc-C.P.-School
Alternatively, you can send your objection in to us in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to the Director of Education, Powys County Council, Powys County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG.
The Objection Period will close on Friday, 4 February 2022.
For more information about Transforming Education in Powys, visit www.powys.gov.uk/transformingeducation