The Local Education Authority should leave no stone unturned in a bid to ensure that education continues in Abersoch, says Mabon ap Gwynfor, the Plaid Cymru Senedd Candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd.
Mr ap Gwynfor reiterated his calls for the LEA to look at federalising and cooperation following a meeting with representatives of the campaign committee set up to save Ysgol Abersoch, which is under threat of closure.
Mabon ap Gwynfor said, “Ysgol Abersoch is a unique village school that provides a good education, developing confident bilingual individuals who are culturally and environmentally aware. The numbers are currently small, but credit must be given to the current staffing team and board of governors for taking steps to expand the school and enhance the provision, with the establishing of a thriving Cylch Meithrin and Ti a Fi as well as proceeding with plans to establish a pioneering Beach school.
“The school is right at the heart of the village, ensuring that the Welsh language is heard echoing around the village throughout the year. The role of the school in ensuring the language’s continuation in the community should not be underestimated.
“The Authority should carefully consider every option, including that of federalising, before coming to their final decision. Consideration should also be given to any plans to develop community housing and the potential increase in pupil numbers that might come from this.”
Campaigners say: “Ysgol Abersoch is a school where every voice is heard. It plays an essential role in supporting and sustaining the Welsh language, culture and community. Without a school, the future of Abersoch as a village where families can flourish is under threat.”