Ysgol Llanaelhaearn

On Tuesday 19 May 2020, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet confirmed the final proposal to close Ysgol Llanaelhaearn on 31 August 2020 and offer pupils a place at Ysgol Bro Plenydd from 1 September 2020. A statutory objection period was held between 5 March and 3 April 2020. No objections to the proposal were received. 

The report presented to Cabinet on 19 May 2020 details the background, consultation and statutory process to date. The full report has been published on the Cabinet 19 May 2020 (item 6) web page. 

Following detailed consideration of the proposal, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet resolved to:
“confirm the closure of Ysgol Llanaelhaearn on 31 August 2020, and offer a place for the pupils at Ysgol Bro Plenydd, Y Ffôr from 1 September 2020, in accordance with Section 53 of the School Standards and Organisation Act (Wales) 2013 and the requirements of the Schools Organisation Code 11/2018.” 

In accordance with Gwynedd Council’s constitution, the Cabinet decision came into effect on 3 June 2020 and a decision letter was circulated to all stakeholders.

 

Further information:

 

Objection period

Following a period of statutory consultation relating to Ysgol Llanaelhaearn, a report was presented to the Council’s Cabinet on 18 February 2020.


The Cabinet decided to:

  1. Approve the proposal to close Ysgol Llanaelhaearn on 31 August 2020, and provide a place for pupils at Ysgol Bro Plenydd, Y Ffôr from 1 September 2020. 
  2. Approve the publication of statutory notices on the proposal in (i) above in accordance with the requirements of Section 48 of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013.
  3. Approve the transport arrangements for the transition period only, when free transport will be available for those pupils enrolled at Ysgol Llanaelhaearn currently, to Ysgol Bro Plenydd, Y Ffôr or Ysgol Chwilog specifically, if they live over two miles from the chosen school, or that they receive free transport because of the nature of the roads in accordance with Gwynedd Council's current transport policy.


As a result of these decisions, a Statutory Notice was issued on 5 March 2020

Any person may object to the proposals within a period of 28 days after the date of which the notice is published, that is by 3 April 2020.

Objections should be sent in writing to the Head of Education:

Gwynedd Council, 
Council Offices, 
Caernarfon, 
Gwynedd, 
LL55 1SH

or by sending an e-mail for the attention of the Head of Education to:
modernisingeducation@gwynedd.llyw.cymru 

Cabinet Report 18 February 2020

A statutory consultation period on a proposal to close Ysgol Llanaelhaearn on 31 August 2020, and to provide education for learners at Ysgol Bro Plenydd, Y Ffôr from 1 September 2020 was held on 16 December 2019 – 29 January 2020.

The consultation report was published on the Council's website on 11 February 2020 and on 18 February 2020 Gwynedd Council's Cabinet  resolved to accept the observations received during the statutory consultation period as well as agreeing to:

  1. Approve the proposal to close Ysgol Llanaelhaearn on 31 August 2020, and provide a place for the pupils at Ysgol Bro Plenydd, Y Ffôr from 1 September 2020.
  2. Approve the publication of statutory notices on the proposal in (1) above in accordance with the requirements of Section 48 of the Schools Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013.
  3. Approve the transport arrangements for the transition period only, when free transport will be available for those pupils enrolled at Ysgol Llanaelhaearn currently, to Ysgol Bro Plenydd, Y Ffôr or Ysgol Chwilog specifically, if they live over two miles from the chosen school, or that they receive free transport because of the nature of the roads in accordance with Gwynedd Council's current transport policy.

Copy of the report and the relevant appendices:

Statutory Consultation

At its meeting on 5 November 2019, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet resolved to undertake a process of statutory consultation on the proposal to close Ysgol Llanaelhaearn on 31 August 2020 and to offer pupils a place at Ysgol Bro Plenydd, Y Ffôr from 1 September 2020. 

The statutory consultation is held between 16 December 2019 and 29 January 2020. 

The statutory consultation document, background pack and all relevant documents are available below:

If you require hard copies of any document please contact us by calling (01286) 679247 or e-mailing modernisingeducation@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Cabinet Report 5 November 2019 

Following a series of local meetings with Ysgol Llanaelhaearn’s Governing Body and other relevant stakeholders, and a detailed assessment of possible options, at its meeting on 5 November 2019, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet decided to begin a period of statutory consultation on the proposal to close Ysgol Llanaelhaearn on 31 August 2020 and to provide pupils with a place at Ysgol Bro Plenydd, Y Ffôr. This is due to a substantial fall in pupil numbers, with only eight children attending the school in September 2019, these numbers have fallen steadily since 2012, when there were 42 children attended the school.

It is anticipated that the statutory consultation period will commence in the next few weeks. 

Cabinet Report 4 June 2019

On 4 June 2019, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet granted permission for the Authority's Education Department to hold formal meetings with the Governing Body and other relevant stakeholders of Ysgol Llanaelhaearn, to discuss possible options regarding the future of the school following a significant fall in the number of pupils on the register.

The first local meeting was held on 24 June 2019 and discussions are ongoing.

View Cabinet report