Education in Y Berwyn catchment area

Date: 21/06/2017

Education in Y Berwyn catchment area

Gwynedd Council has received correspondance from the Diocese of St Asaph, the Church in Wales, stating that it wishes to support a way forward that protects the £10 million investment and avoids any delay to the 3-19 Learning Campus development in Y Bala.

Following consultation with school governing bodies in the Y Berwyn catchmentarea, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet will meet on 27 June to consider a recommendation to withdraw the proposal to establish a a Voluntary Controlled 3-19 Learning Campus (VC, Church in Wales). If the Cabinet accepts this recommendation, a further report will be considered by Cabinet members in September 2017 which will offer an alternative model for consultation in accordance with relevant national requirements.

The construction work is progressing well on the current site of Ysgol Y Berwyn in Y Bala, and it is not anticipated that any possible change in the school’s status will affect the timetable for the building work.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said:

“Whilst there has been much discussion for a number of months regarding the exact status of the school, what is important is that the Bala area pupils will be able to benefit from a modern school with the very best facilities. Over £10 million has been allocated for this exciting development, and it is very pleasing to see that the construction work is moving along well.” 

Local councillor Dilwyn Morgan, who represents Y Bala on Gwynedd Council noted: “In view of the current situation, we are grateful to the Church for respecting the opinion of local people. This will enable everyone to work together effectively in the vital work of moving the project forward to establish the school.

“It is very pleasing to see work at the site progressing so well and to realise the educational vision for the area. Children in the Berwyn catchment will greatly benefit from an innovative school not only in Gwynedd but across Wales.”

Gwion Lynch, Chair of Governors Ysgol y Berwyn added: “As this matter has been a concern for several months, we are pleased that the Church has agreed to consider an alternative option which will enable the work to continue without any undue delay. This investment is essential to ensure that education for children in the Berwyn catchment area flourishes and that they have the best educational opportunities. We are confident that the investment in the campus will ensure that the new school will have the best possible start.”

A copy of the report is available on the Council website: