Conwy head teachers’ letter warns cuts ‘not sustainable’

Head teachers are warning parents it is “make or break time” at schools in Conwy due to planned budget cuts, BBC is reporting.

Letters sent by heads from the county’s seven high schools claim some face £200,000 in cuts with larger class sizes and fewer staff a possibility.

They said the “situation has become critical” with cuts of 3.6% and 4% being tabled by Conwy council.

The council’s education spokesman said it shared teachers concerns but it had to make £15m savings from April.

The letter has been signed by heads at Ysgol Aberconwy, Ysgol y Creuddyn, Ysgol Eirias, Ysgol John Bright, Ysgol Bryn Elian, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy and Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan.

They have highlighted several areas of concern:

  • School buildings falling into disrepair
  • Reduction in support for pupils with additional learning needs
  • Cuts to pastoral services including teaching assistants and support staff

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Education services for pupils up to age 16 are provided by local authorities from their core budgets, according to local needs and priorities.

“The Welsh Government continues to provide funding this year so that no local authority faces a reduction in their budget of more than 0.3%. Conwy is one of five local authorities which will receive a share of £3.5m of top-up funding next year.

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