Rhosgoch school in Powys reprieved by minister

A Powys primary school earmarked for closure has had a reprieve after a consultation run by the council was ruled to be flawed. Pupils at Rhosgoch community school faced moving to a new school in September as part of plans to overhaul education in Powys. But Education Minister Leighton Andrews halted the plans- he said consultation should have been better.The school was one of five - Rhosgoch, Ffynnongynydd, Glasbury, Llanigon and Bronllys -threatened with closure in the area as part of plans to reduce surplus places/reduce costs. The minister concluded the consultation was inadequate and so rejected the proposal, "its educational merits notwithstanding."

The schools were the smallest in the area with between 18 and 24 pupils in January 2012. Two new community primary schools were part of the plans. However, 128 people signed a petition opposing the plans and 36 letters were received during a public consultation, raising concerns about problems with larger class sizes and increased travel times to school. The local authority itself has acknowledged that parents were not kept abreast of the changes made to the proposal prior to its publication.