A Statutory Consultation period was held between 18 March and 26 April 2013. Following the statutory consultation period, the responses received were presented in a report to Cabinet on 21 May 2013.
The Cabinet considered all comments received during the statutory consultation period and decided to continue with the proposal for the closure of Groeslon, Carmel, and Bronyfoel School and establish a Community Area School for 3-11 year olds to open on 1 September 2015 on the existing site of Ysgol Groeslon.
Following the Cabinet's decision 21 May 2013 the Statutory Notice was published on 6 June 2013. There was a one month period to receive any objections, the objection period came to an end on 8 July 2013.
Objections were received to the statutory notice, therefore the Council was required to refer the matter in its entirety to the Welsh Government's Minister for Education and Skills. The Minister makes the final decision. The Welsh Government state that they aim to announce a final decision on school reorganisation proposals within 7 months.
The initial process
Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Members decided to prioritise a review of the education provision in Groeslon, Carmel and Bronyfoel area. Some of the reasons for this:
- The condition of Groeslon school buildings
- An opportunity to attract investment from the Welsh Government
- Number of surplus places in the area
- The inequality of the cost per pupil
Following a series of meetings and detailed assessment of the possible options, Gwynedd Council's Education Cabinet Member, Councillor Sian Gwenllian presented her recommendations for school reorganisation in Groeslon, Carmel and Bronyfoel (Fron).
Councillor Sian Gwenllian's recommendation is to build a brand new £4.8 million area school on the site of the current Groeslon school and the closure of the current schools in Groeslon, Carmel and Fron.
The recommendation to build a new area school would:
- provide a new and sustainable school that will be fit-for-purpose
- deliver consistency in terms of class size and age range within classes
- address the challenge of changes to the population over the coming years
- improve the learning environment for the highest possible number of pupils and deliver a school that would meet the expectations of the Twenty First Century Schools programme
- ensure firm leadership and management
- reduce the cost per pupil of providing primary education in the area
- ensure more funding would be available to invest in pupils and education rather than bricks and mortar
- significantly reduce the number of surplus places in the area
A report was presented to the Council's Cabinet on 27 February 2013 to consider recommendations to statutorily consult on closing the three present primary school and establish an area school. The Cabinet decided to approve the recommendation and a statutory consultation period was arranged.