Wales Online is reporting that fFrustrating red tape” means a council has to keep open a tiny rural school – even though it has no pupils…
As of September, no children have been taught at Llanfynydd VA Primary School, but the current statutory process says the council cannot officially close the school until a consultation has been carried out and a decision taken by full council.
A decision to consult on the closure of the school began in 2012 amid concerns about continually falling pupil numbers and last year the school was in a financial deficit of £50,000.
The council’s education department began with talks with the headteacher and governors, and following informal consultation with governors, staff and parents, decided to start formal talks last year.
At the beginning of the spring term in 2013, there were 16 pupils being taught at the school, falling to 11 by the beginning of the following autumn term.
The council said it has supported the voluntary movement of pupils to alternative schools in the area during the legal process of its official closure.
But now the consultation has been completed – with no objections received to the school’s proposed closure – the process has been left in limbo.
The proposal to formally reorganise primary education in the Llanfynydd area will now be voted on by councillors in January, with the view that the school will be officially closed by the end of the summer term 2015…
In 2010 another of Carmarthenshire’s schools had to be kept open at a cost of £110,000 despite having no pupils and effectively being defunct.
Ysgol Capel Iwan, near Newcastle Emlyn, employed a headteacher, a teacher, a caretaker and a lunchtime assistant, while the school’s governing body also remained in place…
I get the need for proper consultation, but with so much pressure on budgets wouldn’t it be better to spend the money involved actually educating people rather than this situation?
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