Groeslon, Carmel and Bronyfoel (Fron) areas - Ysgol Bro Llifon

Following a comprehensive reorganisation process, the educational changes have subsequently been implemented in this area.

Following a significant investment of £4.84million a New Area School has been established in Groeslon in September 2015.  Ysgol Bro Llifon under the leadership of Swyn Maelor Owen will serve children from the Groeslon, Carmel and Fron areas. Significant work and effort has been made to ensure that the area's children have a new school of excellent standard. Carmel and Bronyfoel (Fron) school have closed on 31 August 2015. Children who live in these areas are automatically within the new Ysgol Bro Llifon catchment area.


Useful information
Headteacher: Swyn Maelor Owen
E-mail: pennaeth@brollifon.gwynedd.sch.uk 
School phone number: 01286 831 033


The members of the permanent Governing Body will be confirmed soon.


All the information about the re-organisation process in this area can be found below. 

News

This new school building work is a £4.84 million capital investment project, jointly funded by Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Government through the ‘Twenty First Century Schools programme. The school will open September 2015.

  • On 2 July 2015, Jane Hutt the Business and Finance Minister visited the site to see the building work progress. Gwynedd Council Chair - Councillor Dilwyn Morgan, Cabinet Member for Education – Gareth Thomas, Local Member – Councillor Eric Jones, Chair of the Shadow Governing Body - Cadfan Roberts and Corporate Director - Iwan Trefor Jones were there to greet her
  • site visit took place on Wednesday morning 24 June 2015. Present were pupils from the three primary schools, Ysgol Bro Llifon’s Headteacher and chair of governors, Council representatives and members of the press
  • An open evening was held on 9 June 2015, parents and community members from the three villages were invited to visit the site

Final decision

Huw Lewis the Welsh Government Minister for Education and Skills has confirmed his decision on the proposal to develop an area school in Groeslon to serve the Groeslon, Carmel and Fron areas in January 2014. He has decided to approve the proposal, by stating:

"In reaching this decision, and taking into account all matters brought to his attention, the Minister is satisfied that the proposal will maintain and potentially improve the standard of education provision in the overall area, will deliver primary education more cost effectively, will reduce surplus capacity and will contribute towards Gwynedd County Council's strategy: 'Excellent Primary Education for Children in Gwynedd".

Statutory Processes

A Statutory Consultation period was held between 18 March and 26 April 2013. Following the statutory consultation period, the responses received were presented in a report to Cabinet on 21 May 2013.

The Cabinet considered all comments received during the statutory consultation period and decided to continue with the proposal for the closure of Groeslon, Carmel, and Bronyfoel School and establish a Community Area School for 3-11 year olds to open on 1 September 2015 on the existing site of Ysgol Groeslon.

Following the Cabinet's decision 21 May 2013 the Statutory Notice was published on 6 June 2013. There was a one month period to receive any objections, the objection period came to an end on 8 July 2013.

Objections were received to the statutory notice, therefore the Council was required to refer the matter in its entirety to the Welsh Government's Minister for Education and Skills. The Minister makes the final decision. The Welsh Government state that they aim to announce a final decision on school reorganisation proposals within 7 months.


The initial process

Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Members decided to prioritise a review of the education provision in Groeslon, Carmel and Bronyfoel area. Some of the reasons for this:

  • The condition of Groeslon school buildings
  • An opportunity to attract investment from the Welsh Government
  • Number of surplus places in the area
  • The inequality of the cost per pupil

Following a series of meetings and detailed assessment of the possible options, Gwynedd Council's Education Cabinet Member, Councillor Sian Gwenllian presented her recommendations for school reorganisation in Groeslon, Carmel and Bronyfoel (Fron).

Councillor Sian Gwenllian's recommendation is to build a brand new £4.8 million area school on the site of the current Groeslon school and the closure of the current schools in Groeslon, Carmel and Fron.

The recommendation to build a new area school would:

  • provide a new and sustainable school that will be fit-for-purpose
  • deliver consistency in terms of class size and age range within classes
  • address the challenge of changes to the population over the coming years
  • improve the learning environment for the highest possible number of pupils and deliver a school that would meet the expectations of the Twenty First Century Schools programme
  • ensure firm leadership and management
  • reduce the cost per pupil of providing primary education in the area
  • ensure more funding would be available to invest in pupils and education rather than bricks and mortar
  • significantly reduce the number of surplus places in the area

A report was presented to the Council's Cabinet on 27 February 2013 to consider recommendations to statutorily consult on closing the three present primary school and establish an area school. The Cabinet decided to approve the recommendation and a statutory consultation period was arranged.