North West Wales

Plans to move Dolgellau primary school pupils scrapped

Brithdir primary schools will close as part of the plan Image copyright Google
Image caption Brithdir is one of two primary schools closing as part of the reorganisation

Plans to move Year 5 and 6 pupils from Gwynedd primaries to a secondary school have been scrapped.

Nine and 10-year-olds were set to move to Ysgol Bro Idris when it opens in September.

But the school's shadow governing body said this would not happen and more research was needed before introducing any changes.

Parent Sioned Rees, who campaigned against the idea, said: "We're very glad to hear the news."

Ysgol Bro Idris will open as a school for three to 16-year-olds on six sites in Dolgellau.

The secondary school will be on the site of Ysgol y Gader with primary sites at Llanelltyd, Fairbourne, Dolgellau, Dinas Mawddwy and Rhydymain.

'Work so hard'

Ganllwyd and Brithdir primary schools will close as part of the plan.

Part of the proposals included splitting pupils into three groups; three to nine-years-old, nine to 13-years-old and 13 to 16-years-old.

Parents started a petition against the change, saying nine and 10-year-olds would have to share classrooms and toilets with teenagers.

But, following a meeting of the shadow governing body on Monday night, this idea was shelved.

Ms Rees told Radio Cymru's Post Cyntaf programme parents were "sad that we had to work so hard to make sure that the local authority and the shadow governing body took a step back and thought hard before introducing such a radical change".

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