Cabinet to discuss future of education in St Davids - including possible closure of Ysgol Dewi Sant
11:01am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE CLOSURE of Ysgol Dewi Sant (YDS) secondary school is an option that needs to be considered, cabinet members are to be told.
But keeping the school as it is or even creating a new school catering for pupils aged three to 19 on the same site are also options that have been suggested.
The report to cabinet on Monday follows a review of educational provision in the St Davids area..
The report is based on a review of a range of measures including standards in schools, supply and demand of pupil places, condition and suitability of buildings and value for money.
The nine options to be considered include:
keep the status quo with or without extended catchment boundaries;
establishing a new 3-19 school on the YDS site and closing all existing schools in the area or a 3-16 school with sixth formers attending a different secondary school;
closing YDS with pupils transferred to other schools and retaining all or some feeder schools;
new build 11-19 school serving the whole of the St Davids area and one or more other areas;
establishing a new 3-19 school as a result of a merger between YDS and Ysgol Bro Dewi VA School with a retention of both sites.
It states: “While Ysgol Dewi Sant is at capacity currently, surplus places are expected to reach 31% by 2018.”
The report adds that the 80 current sixth form pupils at YDS is likely to drop to 63 by 2019.
Cabinet members, who meet at County Hall at 10am on Monday, are recommended to agree that the Director of Children and School carry out preliminary consultation on the options put forward.
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