Mid Wales

Aberaeron primary schools under threat of closure

Cilcennin school Image copyright Google
Image caption Cilcennin School has the lowest number of pupils and the highest percentage of surplus places in the catchment area

Up to four primary schools could close in Ceredigion as the county council looks to address surplus places and save money.

A review has been carried out on education in the Aberaeron catchment area, which has 10 primary schools.

Four possible options have been put forward, including building a new area school for pupils of Ciliau Parc, Cilcennin, Dihewyd and Felinfach.

They will all be discussed at a scrutiny committee meeting on 9 May.

Other suggestions include:

  • Continue with the current situation of 10 schools
  • Close Cilcennin School
  • Establish a new area school on the Professional Education Centre campus in Felinfach for pupils of Ciliau Parc, Cilcennin, Dihewyd and Felinfach

The advantages and disadvantages for each option have been laid out in the report.

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Image caption Dihewyd School is a small school with 36 pupils

Ceredigion council is in the process of reviewing each of the county's six catchment areas.

The report by Barry Rees, strategic director for learning and partnerships, states that education is a priority for the council, which is being forced to reconsider how it delivers education in a "cost effective way" while "raising standards" for learners.

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