P-05-828 Presumption in favour of rural schools
This petition was submitted by the Parents and Teachers Association of Ysgol Gymunedol Bodffordd having collected 5,125 signatures.
Text of Petition
We call on the Government to take steps to ensure that local authorities follow the guidelines within the current School Organisation Code and the new version of the Code (when it comes into force), including that they operate in accordance with the presumption in favour of rural schools. We accept that this does not mean that a rural school will never close, but the recent decision by Anglesey Council's Executive Committee to close Ysgol Bodffordd demonstrates that local authorities are free to ignore the new Code (that they are supposed to act in accordance with its spirit) and close even full and popular schools.
This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 21/01/2020.
The Committee considered further correspondence and agreed to close the petition in light of the fact that the Minister for Education has previously demonstrated a willingness to intervene in situations where there are concerns that local authorities have not followed the School Organisation Code, and because there appears to be little prospect of the Welsh Government introducing an appeals process against school closures at this time. The Committee wished to thank the petitioners for their engagement and wish them well for the future.
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It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 25/09/2018.
Assembly Constituency and Region
Business type: Amendment
Status: For consideration
First published: 06/09/2018