On 3 November 2020 Gwynedd Council's Cabinet met to discuss the recommendation of the Education and Economy Scrutiny Committee regarding the Cabinet's decision of 15 September 2020, in relation to Ysgol Abersoch. View the minutes of the meeting.
Following detailed consideration and discussion, the Council's Cabinet resolved:
“… that its original decision made on 15 September 2020 should not be revised, which was to conduct a statutory consultation in accordance with the requirements of section 48 of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013, on the proposed motion to close Ysgol Abersoch on 31 August 2021 and to provide a place for the pupils at Ysgol Sarn Bach from 1 September 2021 onwards, and adopt this as its final decision.”
What are the next steps?
For the next steps, we will be arranging a period of statutory consultation in accordance with the School Standards and Organisation Act 2013 and the guidelines of the School Organisation Code 011/2018. This means that a consultation document will be published and there will be an opportunity for anyone to comment in writing on the proposed proposal. This period will last approximately 6 weeks (people must be given at least 42 days to respond to the document, of which 20 are school days).
It is anticipated that the consultation will take place in the coming weeks.
Subsequently, a further report will be submitted to Cabinet to report back on the results of the consultation, and respond to the comments received. Cabinet will then be required to consider the results of the consultation, and decide whether or not to issue a Statutory Notice on the proposal consulted upon.