Re-organising education in the Berwyn catchment area

Date 24/10/2017

Gwynedd Council Cabinet has decided to hold a period of statutory consultation on a proposal to reorganize the Berwyn catchment area schools.

The consultation will seek views on the proposal to establish a 3-19 Learning Campus, Welsh-medium, community status on the current Ysgol y Berwyn site which would officially open from September 2019.

This comes after the Cabinet’s decision in June 2017, to the original proposal. This proposal would have meant the closure of Ysgol y Berwyn, Ysgol Beuno Sant and Ysgol Bro Tegid on 31 August 2018 and the establishment of a Welsh-medium, Voluntary Controlled (VC, Church in Wales) 3-19 Learning Campus on the current Ysgol y Berwyn site in September 2018.

Since the Cabinet’s decision in June, Council officers have undertaken a process to establish new proposals for the school that address and comply with the requirements of the Business Case that was approved by the Government in 2015.

Following the Council Cabinet decision on 24 October, a statutory consultation period will be held from the end of November to the beginning of January 2018.

Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Gareth Thomas said: "As a Council, we are totally focused on ensuring the provision of world class education for the children and young people of the Berwyn catchment area”.

“As is known, the recent changes to the situation related to the proposed Campus' governance/management arrangements have caused slippage in the work programme for establishing the Campus as a legal institution. Although the Campus will not officially open until September 2019, the construction works are progressing well on site and we anticipate that new facilities, following £10.27 million investment, will be made available to local residents to take full advantage of the resources from September 2018 onwards.

"After receiving input from head teachers, governors and local members in the catchment area, it is felt that the most practical and appropriate option in this case would be to officially open the Campus in September 2019. Meanwhile, officers from the Education Department will work closely with Ysgol Bro Tegid, Ysgol Beuno Sant and Ysgol y Berwyn and their governing bodies to establish a transition plan for the town's primary schools to ensure regular and purposeful use by those schools during the year before the Campus officially opens in September 2019."

Details of the statutory consultation will be available on the Council's website from the end of November: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/modernisingeducation .