Drop-in sessions for those affected by discontinued Llandudno Junction schools


Rachel Nash

DROP-IN sessions have been arranged for parents concerned about arrangements for their children's education after Conwy Council announced delays in the opening of a new school.

Pupils from Ysgol Maelgwn and Ysgol Nant y Coed, in Llandudno Junction, were due to start at the new Ysgol Awel y Mynydd in September but the new facility will not open until Easter 2017 at the earliest because of delays in building work.

Alternative arrangements must now be made to accommodate the children from the discontinued schools in the interim period until the new school building is ready for occupation.

At a Conwy Council Cabinet meeting on May 10 it was agreed to start a statutory consultation process to determine plans for the children's education pending the opening of the new school. A number of concerns were raised by Local Electoral Division Members in relation to the proposals, which included lack of communication between the Temporary Governing Body and parents on the delays, disruption to pupils and parents and siblings being educated on different sites.

A Conwy Council spokesperson confirmed the options are - educating foundation phase children (aged 3-7) on the existing Nant y Coed site and the Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) on the existing Ysgol Maelgwn site; or to continue educating the pupils mainly at their current locations. Drop-in information events about the proposals will take place on Thursday, May 26 between 3pm and 7pm, and Friday, May 27, between 9.30am and 1pm at the Conwy Business Centre behind Cineworld in Llandudno J unction.

Cllr Meirion Hughes, Chairman of the Temporary Governing Body of the proposed new school, said: "The drop-in events have been arranged so that parents can speak to governors, teachers and education officers to get all the information they need and express any concerns they may have."

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