Llancarfan parents protest over school closure plans – Updated

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Parents of pupils in Llancarfan are organising a protest group to try and stop Vale Council plans to close the village’s primary School.

Under the plan, Llancarfan Primary School would close and staff and pupils would move to a new school that will be built in Rhoose and will have a capacity about double of the village school.

It is the second time in recent years that the future of the school, which has around 100 pupils, has been called into question.

Five years ago, a Vale Council committee, charged with looking at capacity issues in the Vale, proposed the possible closure of three small primary schools – Llanfair, Oak Field in Barry and Llancarfan.

That proposal led to the formation of fierce opposition groups and in the end the plan was dropped. All three schools stayed open.

Five years ago, the possibility of a new school in Rhoose was not mentioned but now, with a Conservative-controlled Vale Council in place, the new plan for Llancarfan is currently in a period of consultation.

The GEM understands that Llancarfan parents are forming an official group, and the matter was discussed at a community council meeting on Tuesday evening (March 27).

A spokeswoman told The GEM that they would be arguing that the new Rhoose school was needed for children in Rhoose, because of the number of new houses being built there.

She added that Llancarfan residents felt that it would change the character of the village, and that it was unreasonable to expect children as young as four or five to be transported three miles to school.

GEM NOTE: This article was updated on April 3. The original article referred to plans by the Vale Council (then Labour controlled) to close three schools. In fact, the proposal was made by a ’task and finish’ scrutiny group, made up of Vale councillors, and was never adopted by the Vale Council as official policy.

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