Monday, June 18, 2018

New Llangefni ‘schools consultation’ planned

A new statutory consultation on the future of primary education provision in the Llangefni area will begin this month.

In July 2017, Anglesey’s Executive agreed plans to build a new school to replace Ysgol Corn Hir and Ysgol Bodffordd; carry out adaptations to Ysgol Esceifiog, in Gaerwen, and Ysgol Henblas; and undertake further consultation on adapting Ysgol y Graig to accommodate pupils from Ysgol Talwrn (and close Ysgol Talwrn).

However, Executive members opted for a ‘pause and review’ period in December after the Welsh Government announced an extra £2.3bn for its flagship nationwide 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

With Ysgol Corn Hir and Ysgol y Graig being full to capacity, funding already secured by the County Council would not have been enough to meet the needs of the Llangefni area.

Confirmation that another £18m is available to modernise school infrastructure gave Education officers an opportunity to assess other options.

A new proposal will be presented to school communities as part of a new statutory consultation to begin later this month; namely to review primary education provision for Ysgol Bodffordd, Ysgol Corn Hir and Ysgol Henblas.

The proposed adaptations to Ysgol Esceifiog will be put on hold whilst the consultation is undertaken.

Education portfolio holder, Councillor Meirion Jones, explained, “In light of the new funding announcement, we felt it was right and proper to reassess all the options available in order to provide the best possible education infrastructure. Our officers have now had a number of weeks to consider new proposals and they will be presented to parents, school staff and governing bodies as part of a new statutory consultation in February.”

“Naturally, school communities within the Llangefni area will be the first to see our proposals and we will now want to gauge their feedback.”

Council Leader, Cllr Llinos Medi, added, “We must ensure that new schools built as part of our modernisation journey are fit for purpose, in the right place, and meet the needs of pupils and staff.

“The County Council hopes to match the funding provided by Welsh Government. This will mean a further investment of £36m in new education infrastructure on Anglesey during the next phase of its school modernisation programme between 2019 and 2024.”

A report on the statutory consultation to adapt Ysgol Y Graig to accommodate the pupils from Ysgol Tawrn will be submitted to the Executive on March 26th following its consideration by the Corporate Scrutiny Committee on March 12th.

Ends 9.2.18

Source: http://www.anglesey.gov.uk/empty-nav/news/press-releases-2018/february-2018/new-llangefni-schools-consultation-planned/133653.article (Fri Feb 9th 2018)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
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