Consultation launched on Holyhead primary school merger proposals


Geraint Jones

RESIDENTS can give their views on proposals for a new primary school in Holyhead.

Anglesey Council has a launched a consultation on its plan to merge Ysgol Y Parc, Ysgol Llaingoch and Parchedig Thomas Ellis School, with a new £11 million school build on the old Ysgol Cybi site.

The council’s consultation document said the proposals aimed to raise standards, tackle surplus places and ensure modern resources.

It added: “The authority aspires to provide education for all children on Anglesey in modern fit for purpose buildings which make the best possible use of modern technology.

“The authority also wishes to be proactive in ensuring that children are educated, where possible, within their home catchment area.

“In order to accomplish this, a more efficient and effective schools system is needed – one that which will require schools to be located in the right place and led by inspired headteachers with sufficient leadership time to carry out the task.”

After the statutory consultation period, council officers will prepare a report and make a recommendation to the Executive Committee.

The new school would accommodate 540 pupils and around 70 nursery pupils.

The council’s consultation document said the school would save £118,498 per year.

However, it added: “It is possible that the staff requirements for the new primary school will be slightly less than the total current requirements of the three schools.”

The committee will decide whether to go ahead with the proposed new school or not. If the go ahead is given, the school’s design would need to go through the planning process.

Anglesey Council anticipates this would take about 12 months. Construction would take up to 18 months and it is anticipated that the new school would be open in September 2016.

The consultation will run until July 27.

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