Future of Education in Berwyn catchment area

Date: 28/06/2017
Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet has supported a recommendation to withdraw a proposal to establish a Voluntary Controlled 3-19
Learning Campus in the town of Bala. A further report will now be considered by Cabinet members in September which will offer an alternative model for consultation.

The Cabinet report followed a recent consultation with the governing bodies of the schools of Y Bala catchment-area, on the option to abandon the current proposal based on the assumption that it would be unreasonably difficult and inappropriate to implement the proposal due to the lack of support of the governors to the current proposal.

The Council along with the local community and the Diocese of St Asaph remains focused on delivering a first class education facility for the children and young people of the Berwyn catchment-area. As a crucial next step in moving the project forward, officers at Gwynedd Council will hold a pre-consultation with the Church in Wales in the coming months, before a further report is submitted to the Cabinet in September to consider and discuss an alternative model.

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, our focus is on ensuring that the pupils of the Bala area 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.

“As was emphasised at the Cabinet meeting, our priority is on delivering a flagship school for the local community. As a result, and after careful consideration of the current situation as well as the responses received to the recent consultation with the governing bodies, the Cabinet has decided to support the recommendation to withdraw the current proposal and ask our officers at Gwynedd Council to develop an alternative model.”

Rosalind Williams, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning for the Diocese of St Asaph said:

“We are working with Gwynedd Council and the local community to ensure a way forward that protects the investment of £10 million and allows the new school to open as soon as possible so that the children of Bala, Penllyn and the wider community can benefit”

It is expected that a further report will be presented to the Council’s Cabinet in September 2017.