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More details of small school plan
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Gwynedd council will discuss the report on Thursday
The results of a consultation exercise over reorganising small primary schools in Gwynedd have been released.

There are no firm recommendations but the report outlines suggestions for a way forward, which range from clusters, federal arrangements and area schools.

The report, as part of a response to a fall in pupil numbers, will be discussed by the council's scrutiny committee next Thursday.

A final decision is not expected for another 12 months

Possible changes include linking schools together under one head teacher or creating area schools.

But agreement was not reached in all areas and the report states that some areas saw the process as "threatening".

The report is a summary of initial discussions in different catchment areas:

In Bala, there was a general agreement for one school for the town itself and one federal school to cover the current five local primary schools.

Governors felt that the five current rural sites should be retained - Bro Tryweryn, Ffridd y Llyn, OM Edwards, Parc and Llawrybetws.

Cooperation

There was no clear agreement in Dyffryn Ogwen, but officials want further discussions over creating a federal school between Gwaun Gynfi, Cwm y Glo and Penisarwaun or Llanrug, Cwm y Glo and Penisarwaun.

No agreement was reached either in the Pwllheli area but specific attention was drawn to concerns voiced on pupil numbers at Rhydyclafdy, Yr Eifl and Llanaelhaearn schools.

In Blaenau Ffestiniog there was agreement on an area school between Manod and Maenofferen and to establish a cluster between Bro Cynfal and Edmwnd Prys.

Parents
Parents from the Dwyfor area met in Penygroes

This arrangement could be extended in the long term to establish a federal school between Bro Cynfal, Edmwnd Prys, Bro Hedd Wyn and possibly Ysgol Tanygrisiau.

In Bangor consideration will be given to creating an area school to replace Glanadda, Coed Mawr and Cae Top.

In south Gwynedd, a general acceptance was reached on co-operation between schools. This includes a cluster or federal arrangement between Aberdyfi and Penybryn an also in the long term between Corris and Pennal.

There was a willingness to examine a possible area school in the long-term serving Abergynolwyn, Bryncrug, Llanegryn and Llwyngwril.

Parents last week met to discuss plans to rearrange the way primary schools are run in Gwynedd as pupil numbers fall.

Around 80 parents, governors and head teachers attended the public meeting at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, Penygroes.

Education officials said they were consulting elected representatives, school governors and parents at every step to find the best way forward.




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