School merger options to be investigated

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Options to merge Tenby’s infants and junior schools and create a new Welsh-medium primary school in the town will continue to be investigated throughout the year.

The reorganisation of the Tenby Family of Schools is included in Pembrokeshire County Council’s 21st Century Schools programme submitted to the Welsh government last year.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s education director, Graham Longster, has now met with Tenby Town Council as part of the county authority’s preliminary consultation on primary and Welsh medium education in Tenby.

Mr Longster, who has already held meetings with parents, governors and staff of both Tenby Infants and Tenby Junior schools, told town councillors that the purpose of the consultation was to establish an agreed strategy to meet future needs.

He said that both schools are good but that there was an increasing demand for Welsh medium education.

There was now, explained Mr. Longster, an opportunity to access significant new capital investment from the national 21st Century schools programme.

This, he said, would ensure improved buildings for primary education.

He added that the most likely options were either to keep the status quo or to establish separate English and Welsh medium primary schools on the existing sites.

Mr Longster will present a report to the county council’s cabinet during the summer with a further round of consultation possible in the autumn.

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