Friday, 4 March 2016

Writing Letters for Gwernyfed School

So, the County Council's cabinet have made their decision, and the plans to close Gwernyfed School and Brecon High School, and amalgamate them into one big school on two sites (until a new super-school can be built, with money that will come from who knows where?) is going out to consultation, the next stage in the process legally speaking.

The day after the meeting of the cabinet, there was a public meeting at Gwernyfed School. It was packed. At the meeting the headmaster, John Williams, appealed to parents, children and the local community to stick with the school - and said that since the plans were first announced last March none of the teachers have been looking for jobs elsewhere. So what came out of the meeting was a plan for a letter writing campaign - the County Council is about to run a consultation, so everyone with an opinion should let them know what they think. It's not just the parents of the children at the school now, but the families with younger children - some of whom have already gone through the disruption of having their primary school close. Which is a reminder that the last time the County Council had a grand plan for local education for the primary schools, they got as far as closing a few and it never went any further.

There's a page on the Gwernyfed School website with all the addresses to write to, and there was a big feature in the Brecon and Radnor Express this week, as well as articles in WyeLocal from local MP Chris Davies and county councillor for Glasbury James Gibson-Watt, both of whom are very concerned about the future of the school, as is Kirsty Williams the AM.

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