Gwynedd councillors to run the rule over £4.8 million area school plans


Geraint Jones

THE Welsh Government has backed plans for a £4.8 million area school for
three Gwynedd village communities.

 Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, this week approved Gwynedd Council’s proposal for a new building to serve Y Groeslon, Carmel and Bronyfoel (Fron).

However, angry residents protested over the proposed closures when the authority revealed its plan last year.

Councillor Sian Gwenllian, Gwynedd Council’s education cabinet member said: “The Minister’s announcement allows us to start work in earnest on this £4.8 million investment which will ensure that the pupils of Y Groeslon, Carmel and Y Fron will soon benefit from a first class learning environment.

“Whilst we recognise that the process up to this point has been difficult for some, I very much hope that we can now all come together to make the new school a real success for the communities of Y Groeslon, Carmel and Y Fron.”

Gwynedd Council’s planning committee will run the rule over the plans on Tuesday (February 3) and if approved, the school construction will begin in the Spring,
with the first intake of pupils in September 2015.

Gwynedd Council hopes the new school will address challenges posed by population change in the coming years, and reduce the per head cost of primary education in the area.

A Gwynedd Council spokesman said that, after the Minister’s decision, arrangements would be made to move ahead with the plan, including ensuring support for pupils and staff; establishing a shadow governing body; appointing
a headteacher and staff; and hiring a contractor.

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