St Joseph's Roman Catholic School in Brecon could close

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A primary school with falling pupil numbers has been earmarked for closure.

Consultation over the proposal to shut St Joseph's Roman Catholic Aided School in Brecon, Powys, starts on Tuesday.

The move follows a council review of the school, prompted after a significant fall in pupil numbers in recent years and high costs per child.

People have until 4 January to voice their concerns, while a public meeting will be held at the school on 27 November at 19:00 GMT.

A separate meeting with staff and governors will be held earlier in the day.

"Difficult financial times mean challenging choices have to be made but the authority is clear that the learners of St Joseph's will be provided with excellent education elsewhere in Brecon," said councillor Myfanwy Alexander, council cabinet member for learning and leisure.

Following the consultation period the council's cabinet will decide whether or not to shut the school.

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Difficult financial times mean challenging choices have to be made but the authority is clear that the learners of St Joseph's will be provided with excellent education elsewhere in Brecon”

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A vote in favour would trigger a further opportunity for local people to voice their opinions on the closure.

Powys council has been reviewing the future of both primary and secondary schools.

School inspectors have told Powys council to make "significant improvement" to its education service.

Earlier this month, inspection body Estyn criticised performance and gave the authority 50 days to prepare an action plan.

It has been monitoring the council since February 2011 and a team of six inspectors carried out a follow-up visit last month.

People interested in taking part in the consultation process over St Joseph's can write to Powys council's head of schools Stephen Rogers or by emailing: school.modernisation@powys.gov.uk.

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