South West Wales

Ysgol Dewi Sant pupils could be relocated to Haverfordwest

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Image caption Ysgol Dewi Sant has about 400 pupils

Pupils at a Pembrokeshire secondary school could be relocated to make way for demolition work.

Ysgol Dewi Sant in St Davids will open as a new 3-16 school from September 2018 as part of education shake-ups.

Pembrokeshire council wants to redevelop the school site and is considering moving pupils 16 miles away to Tasker Milward School in Haverfordwest.

But it insists "no decisions have been made" and discussions are taking place.

The council sent a letter to the school's chair of governors this week, prompting anger from parents and pupils across social media over a lack of transparency.

Among their concerns were transport, increased travel times and relocating pupils during exam years. They are now calling for a public meeting with the council.

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Image caption The journey time from St Davids to Haverfordwest is about 30 minutes

The council said it was in the process of developing a scheme which would result in the part redevelopment of the Ysgol Dewi Sant site as part of its 21st Century Schools Programme.

Its preferred scheme would result in the demolition of an existing school block and the development of new accommodation.

The council said the school "occupies a constrained site" and is considering "various pupil decanting options" including a temporary relocation to another school site.

It is currently considering using part of the Tasker Milward School site and discussions are taking place with the school's head teacher and trustees.

The school reorganisations, approved by Cabinet Secretary for Education last year, will see:

  • The closure of Ysgol Dewi Sant in St Davids, Ysgol Bro Dewi in St Davids and Solva School on 31 August 2018
  • The establishment of a new 3-16 Church in Wales VA school in St Davids from 1 September 2018, using the existing three school sites

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