Press release by Ysgol Bro Idris Shadow Governing Body

Date 29/11/2016

Press release by Ysgol Bro Idris Shadow Governing Body:

 Following a period of engagement with parents on a possible education model, the Ysgol Bro Idris Shadow Governing Body has decided that nursery to year 6 pupils will be educated on the school’s primary sites in September 2017.

 This comes following a meeting of the governing body on 28 November, where it was decided to continue to explore the best educational methods that would ensure the best for the pupils for the new school.

 Helen Jones, Chair of the Ysgol Bro Idris Shadow Governing Body, said:

 “Work is progressing well on various aspects of the work of establishing our new school. Improvements totalling £4.3 million to Ysgol Bro Idris’ buildings are ongoing and pupils who have been chosen to sit on the new School Council have started on their work.

 “Ten drop-in one to one meetings have been held, with 95 parents taking the opportunity to attend, 22 letters or emails were also received from individuals or organisations as well as a petition. On behalf of the school, I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the opportunity to discuss these issues, to provide comments and feedback and to help us to consider the best way forward in order to ensure the best for the area’s children.

 “As promised, the Shadow Body has considered all the feedback, and decided that further engagement should be completed before considering the introduction of changes that could possibly lead to a change in the transition structure from primary to secondary.

 “As a result, we will not be introducing the initial option that was aired in the Newsletter and the drop-in sessions with parents, and we can confirm that nursery to year 6 pupils will be receiving their education at the primary sites when Ysgol Bro Idris opens in September 2017.

 “In the medium term, the governing body is of the opinion that year 5 to 8 pupils could benefit from an education model that would offer improved transition between primary and secondary. However, the governing body recognises the need to fully address the concerns that have been highlighted and to discuss the matter openly with parents.

 “We will therefore continue to investigate possible new methods, and put steps in place to strengthen our arrangements to ensure that parents are central to this work.”