Flintshire County Councils Education and Youth Overview and Scrutiny Committee
will on 6 January consider the many responses from the recent statutory
consultation on the proposals to close Ysgol Maes Edwin, Flint Mountain and
Ysgol Llanfynydd. In accordance with the statutory School Organisation Code, a
formal consultation period started on 21 October and ended on 2 December.
The Committee will consider all the consultation feedback from pupils,
parents, carers, teachers and governors before the report is presented later
in January to the Councils Cabinet. Should Cabinet decide to proceed, the
proposal must then be published by way of a Statutory Notice.
The County Council produced a consultation document in line with Welsh
Government Guidance which was published on the Councils web site and sent to
stakeholders. A supplementary version of the document was produced for children
and young people specifically written and presented to enable them to
understand and engage with the consultation process. Options under
consideration were: retaining the status quo, a federation or closure.
Consultees were able comment through an online questionnaire or by completing a
form at the back of the consultation document and also through email or letter
and at the consultation meetings. Although not part of the Welsh Government
guidelines, Council officers held meetings with governors, teaching and
support staff and parents/carers/guardians to give people the opportunity to
ask questions and make further comments.
The report to Scrutiny includes a summary of the issues raised by consultees,
a response to each of the issues raised, and Estyn’s view in full (as it is
provided in its consultation response) of the overall merits of the proposal.
Flintshire County Councils Chief Officer for Education Ian Budd said:
The County Council is carrying out a challenging programme of school
modernisation. It wants to provide the best possible opportunities for
learners to achieve their full potential in schools that are fit for purpose
and deliver first-class education in the 21st Century .The Council must make
sure that its network of schools meets both current and future educational
needs and that education provision is high quality, sustainable, takes place in
improved buildings and meets the need to provide the right number of school
places in the right locations. The Council recognises that doing nothing means
higher pupil teacher ratios across all schools as revenue funding reduces.