More than 4,000 join campaign to save Llantarnam School

More than 4,000 join campaign to save Llantarnam School

Parents and Pupils have collected over 4000 signatures to save Llantarnam School from closure. Pictured is pupil Jodie Burns 14, presenting her petition at the Council Meeting and Mayor of Torfaen. (5237529)

Parents and Pupils have collected over 4000 signatures to save Llantarnam School from closure. Pictured is pupil Jodie Burns 14, presenting her pertition at the Council Meeting and Mayor of Torfaen. (5237612)

Parents and Pupils have collected over 4000 signatures to save Llantarnam School from closure. Pictured is pupil Jodie Burns 14, presenting her petition to the Mayor of Torfaen during the council meeting. (5237536)

Parents and Pupils have collected over 4000 signatures to save Llantarnam School from closure. Pictured is pupil Jodie Burns 14, presenting her pertition to the Mayor of Torfaen during the council meeting. (5237617)

Parents and Pupils have collected over 4000 signatures to save Llantarnam School from closure. Pictured is pupil Jodie Burns 14, presenting her petition to the Mayor of Torfaen during the council meeting. (5237543)

Parents and Pupils have collected over 4000 signatures to save Llantarnam School from closure. Pictured is pupil Jodie Burns 14, presenting her pertition to the Mayor of Torfaen during the council meeting. (5237623)

Parents and Pupils have collected over 4000 signatures to save Llantarnam School from closure. Pictured is School Governor Sue Tamplin, presenting her petition to the Mayor of Torfaen during the council meeting. (5237562)

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A PETITION of more than 4,000 signatures was handed to Torfaen council calling for Llantarnam School to be saved from closure.

The Argus reported how Torfaen council proposes to close Llantarnam School and Fairwater School and invest £6 million from Torfaen’s 21st Century Schools scheme to refurbish Fairwater.

The Fairwater site would re-open in September 2015 and house all of the pupils following the merger.

But Llantarnam School’s parents and governors argue their school is the better option for the refurbishment and launched a petition against the closure.

Parents and The Education Action Group collected 3,410 signatures, while pupils collected 690.

Llantarnam School governor, Sue Tamplin, and pupil, Jody Burns, presented the petitions to Torfaen council.

Ms Tamplin said: “We just want what’s best for the children and we believe Llantarnam School can be a grade A school when refurbished and for less money than the Fairwater site.”

Ms Tamplin said parents are concerned children will be in demountable classrooms on the Fairwater site for up to three years.

But at Llantarnam these would not be needed as it has a capacity of 1,475, which is higher than the projected figures of the new school of 1,318 pupils. Fairwater holds 1,312.

Torfaen council said a single high school should help tackle the issue of surplus places for both schools and Fairwater is proposed as the most suitable site due to its more central location. The proposals would save £698,000 a year.

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3:24pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Andy James says...

The closure proposal for Llantarnam school is one that won't only impact the current puplis but all pupils from the relevant catchment area for the foreseeable future. Local government when touting door to door for our votes prior to an election should consider the whole big picture here.
At the moment many of the pupils can comfortably and safely walk to and from school, who will cover the costs of future travel requirements not to mention the environmental impact ?
This school has, and always will have an important role in the development requirements of local people and their children.
Why doesn't someone involved in the closure proposals just have enough backbone to admit this is nothing to do with education consolodation and the creation of a central super school, it's all about housing prospectors and money.
Yes it's a money thing, while nobody has proof about who will benifit financially, it is most clear who will suffer and those are:

Parents and families will suffer a financial loss due to travel costs that don't exist currently.
Pupils who may be forced to travelling by foot because of this expence, will be put at personal risk due to walking along roadsides for over two miles each way, not to mention the risk of other unthinkables.
What is going to happen in adverse weather, even if parents can afford a form of transport to get their kids to school due to it's location the roads alongside Fairwater school are a deathtrap without adding many other vehicles to the mix.
All of this means the ultimate losers will be the school children, but because some prospector has their eye on this valuable piece of land that will make them rich for a much shorter period than the length of time this will have an impact on.
Which local polititian will stand up for this school and the local community for the right reasons and get investment secured ? That is investment in the future and the people who work and go to school at Llantarnam.
The closure proposal for Llantarnam school is one that won't only impact the current puplis but all pupils from the relevant catchment area for the foreseeable future. Local government when touting door to door for our votes prior to an election should consider the whole big picture here. At the moment many of the pupils can comfortably and safely walk to and from school, who will cover the costs of future travel requirements not to mention the environmental impact ? This school has, and always will have an important role in the development requirements of local people and their children. Why doesn't someone involved in the closure proposals just have enough backbone to admit this is nothing to do with education consolodation and the creation of a central super school, it's all about housing prospectors and money. Yes it's a money thing, while nobody has proof about who will benifit financially, it is most clear who will suffer and those are: Parents and families will suffer a financial loss due to travel costs that don't exist currently. Pupils who may be forced to travelling by foot because of this expence, will be put at personal risk due to walking along roadsides for over two miles each way, not to mention the risk of other unthinkables. What is going to happen in adverse weather, even if parents can afford a form of transport to get their kids to school due to it's location the roads alongside Fairwater school are a deathtrap without adding many other vehicles to the mix. All of this means the ultimate losers will be the school children, but because some prospector has their eye on this valuable piece of land that will make them rich for a much shorter period than the length of time this will have an impact on. Which local polititian will stand up for this school and the local community for the right reasons and get investment secured ? That is investment in the future and the people who work and go to school at Llantarnam. Andy James
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