Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet will meet on 13 March to discuss a report that seeks permission to carry out a period of consultation on a proposal to reorganise schools in the Bangor catchment area, which would lead to a total investment of £12.7 million in primary education the city.
Gwynedd Council has secured a significant investment for modernising primary education provision in the city of Bangor, which includes a contribution of £6.3 million from the Welsh Government to enable the Council to review and improve the education provision. As part of an agreement for the new Goetre Uchaf development in Penrhosgarnedd, there is also a commitment by housing company, Redrow.
Following a full consideration of the possible options, the report that will be considered by the Cabinet will recommend constructing a new school building for Ysgol y Garnedd. The development would mean increasing the capacity of the school to 420 on the present Garnedd site and nearby Ysgol Friars land. This change would also mean the closure of Ysgol Coed Mawr and Glanadda and pupils would be offered places at Ysgol y Garnedd (subject to the choice of parents).
In addition, as part of a proposal to reorganise education provision in the Bangor catchment area, a recommendation has been included to hold a pre-consultation with the Church in Wales with a view to extending and carrying out improvements that would increase the capacity of Ysgol y Faenol to 315 pupils.
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Education Cabinet Member said “As a Council, we are eager to ensure that all Gwynedd children will have access to the best possible educational resources in high-quality facilities.
“The investment of £12.7 million which is financed jointly by Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Government will ensure that children in the area are taught on sites which provide a learning environment that is suitable for the 21St century.
“While accepting that any option which considers the closure of sites is a difficult decision, I feel that the option before us offers an opportunity to improve the educational provision in Bangor and gives us an opportunity to strengthen the Welsh language provision in the city.
“Our aim as a Council is to be able to offer the best possible experiences and opportunities for all our pupils – in communities across the county.”
If the Cabinet supports the recommendation, the next key step will be to undertake a statutory consultation on the proposal put forward to the Cabinet.