Saturday, May 26, 2018

Executive to re-assess education plans

Options for the future of education provision in the Llangefni area will be re-assessed following confirmation of significant new funding.

On Monday (December 18th), Anglesey’s Executive opted to ‘pause and review’ in light of recent confirmation that the Welsh Government has earmarked an extra £2.3bn towards its flagship 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

Funding already secured by the County Council would not have been enough to meet the needs of the Llangefni area, with both primary schools already full to capacity. Welsh Government had agreed to allow the Llangefni area to be included within the second phase of funding.

Council Leader Councillor Llinos Medi explained that confirmation of around £18m of Welsh Government funding would allow the Authority to look at the area afresh.

Cllr Medi said, “The recent confirmation of Welsh Government funding to modernise school infrastructure is hugely welcome. It will allow us to re-assess our options in terms of the Llangefni area, which could ultimately lead to fresh proposals and would require another round of statutory consultation with parents, teachers and governors.”

“The Executive has, therefore, opted to pause and review and we will be asking our Education officers to look at the Llangefni area again.”

Plans already agreed had included a new school to replace Ysgol Corn Hir and Ysgol Bodffordd; carry out adaptations to Ysgol Esceifiog, Gaerwen and Ysgol Henblas; and undertake further consultation on adapting Ysgol y Graig to accommodate pupils from Ysgol Talwrn (and close Ysgol Talwrn).

Education portfolio holder, Cllr Meirion Jones, added, “We are investing in the future of our children and want to provide them with the best possible education by ensuring that they are taught in schools which meet 21st century standards and expectations.

“We must ensure that other new schools built as part of our modernisation journey are also fit for purpose, in the right place, and meet the needs of pupils and staff.”

Ysgol Cybi, in Holyhead, and Ysgol Rhyd y Llan, in Llanfaethlu, were officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams AM during November. Funding for both new primary schools, totalling £15 million, was jointly provided by the County Council and Welsh Government.

The County Council hopes to match funding provided by Welsh Government and invest another £36m during the next phase of its school modernisation between 2019 and 2024.

Ends: 20.12.2017

Source: http://www.anglesey.gov.uk/empty-nav/news/press-releases-2017/december-2017/executive-to-re-assess-education-plans/133357.article (Wed Dec 20th 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

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