45 Minutes to Save Schools; Heads Make Cases to Closure Panel
Byline: OWEN HUGHES
TEN rural schools under threat of closure on Anglesey made their cases to stay open yesterday in a crunch meeting with the council executive and education chiefs.
The schools were each given 45 minutes to spell out the vital role they play in their communities and put a "human face" to the schools before any decisions are made on their futures.
It saw headteachers and governors stand before the cabinet to talk about the devastating impact closure would have on their villages and the blow to the Welsh language and culture.
They also raised concerns about the cost and inconvenience of forcing children to travel away from their villages to be taught.
The schools listed as under threat are Aberffraw, Bodorgan, Bryngwran, Llandrygarn, Llanddeusant, Llanddona, Ffrwd Win (Llanfaethlu), Cylch y Garn (Llanrhuddlad), Talwrn and Tye Mawr (Capel Coch).
Of those only Ysgol Llanddeusant, which had 11 pupils at the start of the 2009 school year, has signalled it would accept merging with neighbouring primaries to form an area school. They said this support depended on a state-of-the-art new building being built before any closure.
Five schools in Holyhead will also get the chance to plead their cases at the council offices today as the authority considers the future of education in the town. The schools under consideration are Ysgol Kingland, Llanfawr, Llaingoch, Y Parc, and Ysgol Thomas Ellis.
Richard Ysgol Ty They will each receive a chance tomorrow afternoon to argue why their school should survive. …