Anger over merger plans for Newport schools
HUNDREDS of parents of pupils at two Newport schools are angry about merger plans that they say will affect their children’s education.
Parents at Crindau School say the history of the 111- year-old school will be lost if a new 420-space community school and nursery is created at the site as part of proposals to merge with Brynglas Primary.
While they are not against 43 Brynglas youngsters joining the school, they are worried that current pupils will be disrupted by a possible school name-change, uniform change and a change or loss of staff.
Now 458 people have signed a petition against the plans.
Emma Dyke, whose son, Kieran, six, wrote to the Argus appealing for help in saving his school, said: “It’s been there over a hundred years, my dad went there, I live right by the school. Everyone feels the same.”
Parent-governor Sorrel Bridgman said the school was among those with the lowest number of surplus places in the city and questioned why those with fewer pupils weren’t chosen for a merger.
Hayley Pescud said the school’s reputation was upheld by its name, and said she was concerned that good teachers would be forced to reapply for their jobs.
Any name or uniform change and change of teacher posts would be down to a shadow governing body for the new school.
Meanwhile, parents at Gaer Infants and Junior schools are preparing to fight proposals to amalgamate the schools to make space for an Autistic Spectrum Disorder special school in the infants building.
They are to attend a meeting at the site tomorrow.
Maria Farrelly, whose sons, Joshua Ali, nine, and Joseph Ali, four, go there, worries that pupils will lose outdoor space and says there are not enough classrooms in the junior school to accommodate the 400-plus youngsters.
She is worried that they will instead be taught in demountable buildings and the infants will lose their computer rooms and library.
She said parents were not against the creation of a new ASD school, but said they feel it is at the expense of Gaer pupils, and feels the council is not listening to their concerns.
Amalgamation plans to tackle falling pupil numbers
THE proposals are part of larger plans to amalgamate four city schools to tackle falling pupil numbers.
If the plans go ahead, the Brynglas site could become home to Newport’s newest Welsh-medium primary school, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon, currently based at Maindee Primary, with all pupils starting at the new sites in September 2013.
Have your say on the plans until January 18 online at www.newport.gov.uk/haveyoursay