Review of Education Provision in Bangor Catchment Area
Before the summer, a Catchment Area Review Panel was established to discuss education provision in the Bangor catchment area. Two meetings were held before the summer and two other meetings have been scheduled for 11 September and 2 October 2017.
The authority must review the provision of education in the catchment area mainly due to the development of the new Goetre Uchaf housing estate in the area and the need for more spaces in some of the catchment area schools.
The objectives below will also underpin the review in the Bangor catchment area:
- Ensure that there are enough places for each child in the right places
- Ensure that no school is overcrowded
- Ensure that there is no school in category C or worse condition
- Reducing significant surplus places in schools or increasing efficiency
- Reduce the cost range per head for education provision in the area
- Ensure class sizes are appropriate in primary schools
- Reconciliation of education quality in the area
- Ensure that no head spends more than 20% of their time teaching
- Develop the use of schools as a community resource
- Improve the provision of additional learning needs in the area
The Catchment Area Review Panel will consider the opportunities and options available in the catchment area and Gwynedd Council's Cabinet will permit a statutory consultation process following the Panel's meetings and after all the options for the area have been considered.
The Panel has met twice before the summer and has begun to discuss all possible options available for Bangor. Panel meetings will continue in September to prioritize the options and agree on the favoured option.
Membership of the Panel
- Head of every school in the catchment area
- Chair of the governing body of each school
- Parent governor from all schools
- Representation from the Church in Wales
- Representation from the Catholic Church
Consultation with Children and Young People
The authority will engage and consult with the children and young people from Bangor schools once the Panel has considered all the options available for the area.