A meeting of Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet today, 3 July, has supported a report that recommends constructing a brand-new school building for Ysgol y Garnedd, and investing a total of £12.7 million in primary education in Bangor. The report also recommends closing Ysgol Babanod Coed Mawr and Glanadda.

Pupils from Coed Mawr and Glanadda would be offered places at Ysgol y Garnedd (subject to parental choice). The development would mean increasing the capacity of the Garnedd to 420 pupils, in a modern new building on a site adjacent to the existing school.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Education said: “This scheme offers an exciting opportunity to improve the primary school provision in Bangor. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to take part to this statutory consultation – all comments submitted were considered in detail.

“Having considered all comments, we feel that this option which means investing £12.7 million in the city’s primary education is the best way forward.

“Whilst recognising that any proposal that considers the closure of individual sites is a difficult decision, this option offers an exciting opportunity for us to develop a new state of the art primary school facility for this part of Bangor, which will benefit a significant number of the area’s children.”

Following the meeting of the Cabinet, the next key stage in the process will be to publish statutory notices regarding the proposal and to hold a statutory objection period. This will take place in due course. Following the objection period, the matter will be presented to the Council’s Cabinet for a final decision.

Gwynedd Council has secured a £12.7 million investment to modernise primary education provision in the city of Bangor. This includes a contribution of £6.3 million from the Welsh Government to enable the Council to review and improve education provision. There is also a commitment from the Redrow housing development company, as part of an agreement for the new Goetre Uchaf development in Penrhosgarnedd.