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Two schools to merge as modernisation journey continues

Anglesey’s Executive continued its school modernisation journey today (Wednesday, July 18th) with a decision to close Ysgol Beaumaris.

The decision to close Ysgol Beaumaris and merge it with Ysgol Llangoed follows two separate public consultations, which looked at various options for the future provision of education in the Seiriol area.

Executive members agreed to refurbish and extend Ysgol Llandegfan, allowing it to play a central role in the future provision of education in the Seiriol area. Ysgol Llangoed will also be refurbished, bringing both these schools up to the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools standards for children and staff.

Ysgol Beaumaris currently only has 40 pupils and that 72% of the available school places are empty. The school’s maintenance backlog also stands at £936,000.

Ysgol Llangoed has 78 pupils and 20% of the available school places are empty. The school’s maintenance backlog stands at £107,000.

Education portfolio holder, Councillor Meirion Jones, explained, “The size of the schools, maintenance backlog, cost per pupil and number of empty places means that it simply isn’t possible to justify keeping both open.

“Ysgol Llandegfan on the other hand, with 154 pupils is full to capacity, and, given its current performance standards, cost per head and maintenance backlog, it is makes sense that it should play a central role in the future of education provision in Seiriol. Bringing Beaumaris and Llangoed together will also create the conditions needed to raise standards.”

He added, “As I have stated on many occasions, maintaining the status quo in terms of education on the Island just isn’t sustainable. We recognise the strength of feeling in Beaumaris, but we but we have a duty to act in the best interests of the whole of Anglesey and make the most efficient use of scarce Council resources.”

Funding provided through the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme focuses on:

  • reducing the number of poor condition school buildings
  • provision of the right number of places in the right places to serve local pupil demand by reducing surplus capacity, and addressing specific Welsh medium and Faith based provision needs
  • reducing running costs so as to maximise resources available to target improvements to learner outcomes
  • promoting sustainability through reducing recurrent costs, energy consumption and carbon emissions

Council Leader, Cllr Llinos Medi, said, “As the school modernisation journey continues across the Island, opting to close a local school will always be one of the hardest decisions we face; and I understand that this will be a very sad day for the Beaumaris school community.”

“However, we must adhere to the principles of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme in order to raise educational standards and protect the Welsh language. The Welsh Government is currently providing 50% of the funding needed to make significant improvements and we must act now to make the best use of it.”

“By investing in our children’s future, we will ensure that they are taught in schools which are fit for purpose, in the right place, and meet both their needs and those of the staff. 

Ends 18.7.18

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