Consultation on all-age school proposal begins

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13 October 2020

Image of Transforming Education works and its brandingConsultation on plans to merge two schools in a north Powys town are underway, the county council has said.

Powys County Council wants to establish a new all-age school in Llanfair Caereinion after Cabinet gave the go-ahead last month (29 September) to start consultation on the proposals.

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.

Currently the primary school has 162 pupils and there are 465 pupils in the high school.

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 back in April.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said: "Providing high-quality teaching and learning environments is one of the aims of our Vision 2025 and 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.

"The strategy sets out a number of strategic aims and objectives that will shape the work to transform education in Powys over the coming years.

"One of the strategic objectives in the strategy is to 'develop a network of all-age schools based around the 13 current secondary school locations.  Our proposal for Llanfair Caereinion will help us meet this objective.

"Since the approval of the strategy, we have met with representatives of the governing bodies of Llanfair Caereinion C.P. School and Caereinion High School. Both governing bodies have indicated their support in principle to move towards establishing an all-age school in Llanfair Caereinion.

"However, it is important that the people of Llanfair Caereinion and the wider catchment area have they say on these proposals and 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.

Alternatively, 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 Tuesday, November 24.

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