Ysgol Llangynfelyn - a step closer to closing

Following Ceredigion County Council's Cabinet's decision today to publish a statutory notice to close Ysgol Llangynfelyn in North Ceredigion, Bethan Williams, Dyfed organiser for Cymdeithas yr Iaith said:
"We congratulate parents, children and the community of Llangynfelyn on their persistent campaign to keep the school open. Many of the families have moved to the area, but they have become an active part of the community, and the school is their main contact with the Welsh language and culture.

"Children be lost from Welsh education, as parents take their children to schools in Aberystwyth as a matter of convenience, or choose to teach them at home; the community will be spilt as the children go their separate ways. Unfortunately is seems such things do not count when deciding the future of schools.
"The long-term effect of decisions, including their impact on the Welsh language and the sustainability of communities, should be central to all decisions councils make since the Well-being of Future Generations Act came into force. We challenge the Council therefore not to stick to the same habit of closing schools, but to look seriously at the impact of school closures over the last fifteen years on things like the quality of education, whether children stay in Welsh education at secondary, further and higher level; and the impact on the community. "

The council is expected to publish a statutory notice of closure within 28 days, and there will be an opportunity for the public to note any objections. The full Council meeting in December will make a final decision.