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TWO pri­mary schools could close and oth­ers be ex­panded as part of a £12.7m re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in the city of Ban­gor.

Gwynedd Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net will dis­cuss pro­pos­als to shut the 28 pupil Ys­gol Coed Mawr and the 41 pupil Ys­gol Glanadda, while an­swer­ing grow­ing de­mands in the Pen­rhos­gar­nedd area of the city.

The author­ity is propos­ing a new school builld­ing for Ys­gol y Garnedd, which would in­crease its ca­pac­ity to 420. At present the school has 305 pupils on the books de­spite only be­ing de­signed for 210.

This has been de­scribed by Gwynedd Coun­cil as “un­sus­tain­able,” with the lat­est Estyn in­spec­tion not­ing: “Although rooms in the build­ing are very con­fined for pupil num­bers, the school makes good use of the site through care­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion and the pupils’ good dis­ci­pline”.

The re­port, to be dis­cussed on March 13, also rec­om­mends car­ry­ing out a pre-con­sul­ta­tion with the Church in Wales over im­prove­ments and increasing the ca­pac­ity of Ys­gol y Faenol to 315 pupils from its cur­rent 186.

Nei­ther of the schools ear­marked for clo­sure cur­rently have a per­ma­nent head­teacher, with the cab­i­net re­port out­lin­ing that pupil num­bers at both schools are the low­est in 25 years.

Glanadda is also de­scribed as a “Vic­to­rian stone build­ing,” with Coed Mawr said to be re­quir­ing re-wiring, re­fur­bish­ment to the flat roofs, new win­dows and work to the kitchen.

Ac­cord­ing to the author­ity, the £12.7m ear­marked for the city in­cludes a £6.3m con­tri­bu­tion from the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and £1.1m from Redrow builders, as part of an agree­ment for the new much de­bated Goe­tre Uchaf hous­ing es­tate in Pen­rhos­gar­nedd.

Ed­u­ca­tion Cab­i­net Mem­ber Cllr Gareth Thomas said the move will boost Welsh lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion in the city while pro­vid­ing 21st cen­tury fa­cil­i­ties.

“While ac­cept­ing that any op­tion which con­sid­ers the clo­sure of sites is a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, I feel the op­tion be­fore us of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tional pro­vi­sion in Ban­gor and gives us an op­por­tu­nity to strengthen Welsh lan­guage pro­vi­sion in the city,” he said.

If the Cab­i­net sup­ports the rec­om­men­da­tion, the next key step will be a statu­tory con­sul­ta­tion on the af­fected schools.

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