A decision is expected next week on a proposed shake-up of Bangor’s Welsh primary schools.
Gwynedd Council says it will recommend rebuilding Ysgol y Garnedd and closing Ysgol Bro Dewi’s two sites at Coedmawr (infants) and Glanadda (juniors) – parents would be offered places at the new Ysgol y Garnedd, accommodating up to 420 pupils.
The council is planning to spend £12.7 million on modernising primary education facilities in the city – around half of the funding comes from the Welsh Government. Housing firm Redrow has already committed to the proposals as part of an agreement for the new Goetre Uchaf development in Penrhosgarnedd.
A public consultation on the proposals ended last month. If the cabinet backs the recommendation when it meets on Tuesday 3rd July, opponents will be allowed to object before final approval.
The cabinet member for education, Councillor Gareth Thomas, said: ”Before deciding on the final recommendation to be presented to cabinet, the concerns and questions raised during the consultation were carefully addressed.”
“Having taken into account all the comments that have been presented, we feel that the option that will be presented to cabinet provides us with an exciting opportunity to develop a new first class primary building for this area of Bangor. The significant investment will mean that the pupils are taught in a modern building in keeping with today’s curriculum.”
”Whilst accepting that any plan that considers closing sites is a difficult decision, I feel that the proposed option provides the best opportunity to improve primary education provision and offers an opportunity to strengthen the Welsh language provision in the city.”
According to the Welsh Government, Ysgol Coedmawr was given a yellow rating in its category system in January, while Ysgol Glanadda was put in the ‘amber’ code – the second lowest category. Ysgol y Garnedd is in the green code – the highest rating and among schools who need the least support.
The council is also planning to expand Ysgol y Faenol and extending its capacity to 315 pupils with talks being held with the Church in Wales before the plan goes to a consultation.