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Fate of some city schools decided

Llanrumney High School sign
The council plans to consult on closing Llanrumney High School

The fate of some of Cardiff's primary schools which are faced with reorganisation has been decided by the council's executive.

The authority says it was responding to falling numbers and an increased demand for education through Welsh.

The meeting approved recommendations to close or merge schools and to swap sites between English medium and Welsh medium schools.

But some bigger and more controversial decisions were deferred.

There are currently 20 secondary schools in Cardiff but there are 4,500 surplus places.

The council's executive was discussing reorganisation of schools in the east of Cardiff on Monday. A separate discussion on what happens in the west will follow.

Reorganisation plans

It was also discussing a separate report on Welsh medium primary schools throughout the city.

Two years ago one major reorganisation plan was thrown out.

Consultation has been taking place on education since the latest reorganisation plans were published last October.

Among the recommendations agreed on Monday was the closure of Cefn Onn Primary and St Anne's Church in Wales, and to close Caerau Infants and nursery schools and to use the site as a new Welsh-medium school.

The executive also decided to proceed with the amalgamation of Trowbridge Junior and Infant schools and accommodate a new Welsh-medium primary on the old infant school site.

Controversial decisions

They also approved a recommendation to lose Cwrt Yr Ala junior school, Caerau, and open a new English medium primary school on site.

But the school reorganisation is still continuing.

Councillors must still rule on some of the more controversial decisions it faces - including a replacement for Llanrumney and Rumney High Schools, in the east of the city, which are to close.

A plan to build the new school on the Eastern Leisure Centre site has provoked strong opposition, so that is being reconsidered.

The Llandaff diocese of the Church in Wales is still not entirely happy about plans to move St Teilo's Comprehensive onto the site of Llanedeyrn High School, which is itself earmarked for closure.

In turn that affects plans for a Welsh medium high school on the St Teilo's site.

Considerable progress

There has also been a strong campaign to save Lansdowne Primary and relocate Ysgol Treganna there. A decision on that has also been deferred.

The council's officers will report back in the autumn but if there are changes in the recommendations, the whole consultation process for the individual schools may have to begin again.

Cardiff Council leader Rodney Berman said it was making considerable progress.

But he said it was an issue on which councillors had to walk a fine line between representing their particular community and its schools, and considering the bigger picture of educational provision for the city as a whole.




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