Reorganisation of primary education in Bangor
Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet has supported a report that recommends constructing a brand-new school building for Ysgol y Garnedd, and investing a total of £12.7 million in primary education in Bangor.
The report also recommended closing Ysgol Babanod Coedmawr and Glanadda, offering places to the pupils at Ysgol y Garnedd (subject to parental choice). The development would mean increasing the capacity of the Garnedd to 420 pupils, in a modern new building on a site adjacent to the existing school.
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said: “This scheme offers an exciting opportunity to improve the primary school provision in Bangor. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to take part to this statutory consultation – all comments submitted were considered in detail.
“Having considered all comments, we feel that this option which means investing £12.7 million in the city’s primary education is the best way forward.
"Whilst recognising that any proposal that considers the closure of individual sites is a difficult decision, this option offers an exciting opportunity for us to develop a new state of the art primary school facility for this part of Bangor, which will benefit a significant number of the area’s children.”
Following the meeting of the Cabinet on 3 July, the next key stage in the process will be to publish statutory notices regarding the proposal and to hold a statutory objection period. This will take place in due course. Following the objection period, the matter will be presented to the Council’s Cabinet for a final decision.
Gwynedd Council has secured a £12.7 million investment to modernise primary education provision in the city of Bangor. This includes a contribution of £6.3 million from the Welsh Government to enable the Council to review and improve education provision. There is also a commitment from the Redrow housing development company, as part of an agreement for the new Goetre Uchaf development in Penrhosgarnedd.