Ysgol Llanaelhaearn

Date: 24/05/2019

A report will be presented to Gwynedd Council's Cabinet next month asking for permission to hold formal meetings with the governing body of Ysgol Llanaelhaearn. This is due to recent concerns about pupil numbers at the school.


The school has a capacity of 53, but it is expected that 11 pupils will be attending Ysgol Llanaelhaearn by September. The fact that 79% of the school's capacity is empty obviously means that the school is in a vulnerable position. Estimates show that by 2021 numbers could fall to eight pupils.


Officers from the Gwynedd Education Department have already held initial meetings with the governing body of Ysgol Llanaelhaearn and explained that the low numbers mean that local discussions need to be held to consider options for the future.


Councillor Cemlyn Rees Williams, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: “It is important to emphasise that no decision has been made and that what is happening now is an application to discuss possible options.


“But with very low numbers in the school and projections to decrease further over the next few years, it would be irresponsible for us not to consider the situation.


“If permission is given, the Education Department will proceed to hold formal meetings with the governors to discuss the options and then we can consider the way forward.”


The report will be considered by Gwynedd Council's Cabinet on 4 June.