Monday, 7 September 2009

Consultation regarding proposals to close Ysgol Llantysilio

Denbighshire County Council has started to consult on the potential closure of Ysgol Llantysilio in the Dee Valley.

In July, Cabinet has approved plans to formally consult on the potential closure for September 2010.

The consultation period will run from September 7th until 7th October 2009 and interested parties are encouraged to submit their views to the Council on this proposal, in writing to: Head of Planning and Performance: Lifelong Learning, Denbighshire County Council, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1YN.

A public meeting will also take at the school on Tuesday 15th September at 5pm.

Currently the school has 11 full time pupils, However, this term there are no pupils within Key Stage 1 of the school and by September 2010 there is forecast to be only four full time pupils.

The council has held discussions with the governing body and headteacher with a view to developing a managed closure of the school for September 2010.

The school’s governing body has also come to the view that the school is no longer viable and the headteacher has consulted informally with parents, to inform them of the position regarding the future of the school.

Councillor Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire and Cabinet Lead Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “We have recently started to review primary provision in the Dee Valley East area (as well as the Prestatyn area), but it was felt that Ysgol Llantysilio should be considered as a separate case.

“We feel that having a school with only four pupils on the roll in September 2010 would not provide the best educational experience for the pupils or the most efficient use of resources for the authority. We have already spoken to a number of groups that would be affected by the potential closure and it is vitally important that anyone with an interest in education at Ysgol Llantysilio is given a chance to have their say over the next month.”


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