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Have your say in small schools consultations

Parents, staff, pupils and the wider community are being encouraged to have their say on the future of Swansea's two smallest schools.

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Separate six week consultations start today over YGG Felindre and Craigcefnparc Primary School.

Both have experienced a long-term trend of declining pupil numbers.

The consultations are a chance for all interested parties to offer their views on the future of the schools before any decisions are made.

In the consultation documents Swansea Council has outlined why it believes changes are needed, the options that have been considered so far and what it sees as the potential benefits for pupils should a decision be taken in the future to close either or both schools.

Councillor Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "No decisions have been taken and during the consultations we will be seeking as many views as possible on the proposal.

"The council has looked at a number of different options for both schools and we would like to hear what people think about these and also whether there are other viable alternatives to closure that have not yet been discussed.

"These would then be given serious consideration as part of this process."

Copies of the consultation documents will be distributed to all parents or carers and will also be available online and in hard copy form.

Consultation meetings are being organised for staff, pupils and governors to have their say and several drop-in sessions have been arranged for parents.

The council will also be asking statutory consultees for their views and nearby schools.

Cllr Raynor added: "It is now important that all interested parties take the opportunity to submit their views so that when Swansea Council's Cabinet come to make a decision at the end of the year members can consider all options available to them."

To view the consultation documents online visit: 

YGG Felindre: www.swansea.gov.uk/yggfelindreconsultation 

Craigcefnparc Primary School: www.swansea.gov.uk/craigcefnparcconsultation


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