South East Wales

Plans to close three Vale of Glamorgan schools shelved

The future of three Vale of Glamorgan schools under threat of closure has been secured after councillors voted against reorganisation plans.

Llancarfan, Llanfair and Oakfield primary school in Barry had faced an uncertain future after plans were announced to cut spare places.

Alun Cairns, Vale of Glamorgan MP, had said closures could "leave a gaping hole in community life".

Vale of Glamorgan councillors voted on Monday to keep the schools open.

Mr Cairns paid tribute to the "hard work and dedication" of parents, teachers and governors in fighting to prevent their closure.

Parents of Llanfair primary, near Cowbridge, packed a meeting last month after hearing it was recommended for closure. They said it was in the top 3% of Welsh schools.

The council said in a statement: "Any future proposals for changes to the education system considered by cabinet will be published and subject to full and widespread public consultation before a decision is made on whether or not to progress any proposal.

"Any options considered will ensure that schools in the county continue to provide high quality education and meet the long term educational needs of local children."

The council has said almost 15% of places were vacant at the start of the school year which is 5%, or roughly 530 pupils, more than Welsh government guidelines.

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