HELP SAVE SOLVA SCHOOL

HELP SAVE SOLVA SCHOOL!!! >>>>ACTION NEEDED AND DATES TO NOTE <<<<
St Davids and Fishguard consultation
Statutory consultation started on Wednesday, 16th September on a review of secondary education provision in the Fishguard and St Davids areas.
A report on the review was presented to an Extraordinary Meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council. Members approved the recommendation within the report.
The recommendation proposed that the Director for Children and Schools be authorised to undertake statutory consultation on a proposal to:
> Designate Ysgol Bro Gwaun as a 11-16 school and to provide additional ALN provision for pupils with complex learning needs
> Discontinue Ysgol Dewi Sant, Ysgol Bro Dewi VA and Solva CP School and establish a new 3-16 Church in Wales Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled school; site arrangements to be determined prior to statutory consultation in discussion with the Diocese
> Continue discussions with the Governing Body of Ysgol Croesgoch with a view to the school becoming Welsh medium over time
> Provide post 16 provision for the above Schools in a new sixth form centre as part of a formal collaboration between the County Council and Pembrokeshire College.
The consultation document and a response form has been available from Wednesday, 16th September on the Council’s website at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay
>>>>>The closing date for responses is 28th October<<<<<
The consultation also includes two public information sessions.
Public information sessions:

Fishguard: Thursday 24th September
Fishguard Town Hall 6.30pm to 8pm
St Davids: Tuesday 29th September
Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids 6.30pm to 8pm
Places are limited and should be reserved in advance by phoning the County Council’s contact centre on 01437 764551.
The statutory consultation will be undertaken with a wide range of stakeholders, prior to the findings of consultation being further considered by Council and the Council’s proposal published in the form of a statutory notice.


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Solva Community Council web site

The new Solva Community Council (SCC) web site is up and running!

Please check it out at http://solva.gov.wales/


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Save Solva School!

Solva School Public Meeting

Solva Community Council has arranged a public meeting on Monday 21st September 2015 at 7:00p.m. in the Memorial Hall.

The aim of the meeting is to formulate an action plan to save Solva School and convince PCC to take closure proposals off the table.

All members of the local community, parents and friends of the school are cordially invited to attend the meeting on Monday.

Do you feel strongly that Solva school should not close?

Do you want to fight against any closure proposal but don’t know how to go about it?

THEN PLEASE COME TO THE MEMORAIL HALL ON MONDAY AT 7p.m.

 

 

 

 


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Statutory Consultation

Statutory Consultation – Secondary education re-organisation in Fishguard and St David’s areas.
As one of the statutory consultees for this authority’s proposal to reorganise its secondary education provision in the Fishguard and St David’s areas, PCC have supplied a link to the relevant area of the Pembrokeshire County Council website. The Consultation Document is available to be viewed on the website, and an opportunity is given for you to make comments/observations on the Council’s proposal.

Please note that this consultation commences today (16th September 2015) and ends on 28th October 2015.

http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/content.asp…

Please review and complete the online response form https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=144239813387


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Letter to Cllr David Lloyd from Chair SCC

Dear David,

I must start by saying congratulations on the apparent success of the Schools for the Future Campaign and the hard work and determination of the Staff at Ysgol Dewi Sant to raise standards and firmly reestablish YDS as a beacon of excellence in not only our peninsula but county wide.

I am however let down and somewhat dismayed at the comments made by yourself at last Thursdays EGM. It has always been my view that the family of schools that exist on this peninsula is a supportive and vibrant network, allowing staff and pupils alike to share best practice, wealth of knowledge and in some cases facilities. Your comments seemed to completely undermine this relationship, giving little thought or consideration to the impacts the recommendation would have on the community of Solva. I need not remind you how supportive both SCC and Solva School Governing Body were during the consultation period and how many Solva residents supported your initiative. This support came from the mutual assumption that primary provision would remain at Solva and the established norms of the feeder school structure too would continue. This however is sadly not the case, these recommendations would not only lead to the closure of a school that is oversubscribed, but raises questions around provision of transport for these children and other issues such as after school classes, i.e. choir, computer club, and pre school initiatives such as breakfast clubs. Solva school provides a significant role not only for those pupils it educates but moreover the community on the whole and many of the arguments you provided for maintaining a school in St David’s are applicable in the case of our School.

I would therefore suggest that as in the past our communities have drawn together to fight for our peninsula, so in this case too, we must. Solva is as much reliant on St David’s and vice versa, to lose such a vibrant and engaging school which is at the very core of this community would be to lose the very heart of this village. As history will teach us, to divide and conquer, I put it to you that this moment is one at which we must unite to succeed. The centralization of services and the ever decreasing level of provision that is occurring county wide would leave any school on this peninsula in a very lonely position.

I would ask you therefore to consider fully the ramifications of this recommendation and ask that over the coming consultation period that you would engage with the community of Solva and in particular perhaps pay a well needed visit to Solva School so that you might better understand the situation. I would be happy to arrange a meeting with the governing body and the community council. We should be arguing for our peninsula, for our communities and for our way of life, this is simply the tip of the iceberg.

Regards

Josh Phillips

Chair Solva Community Council


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Book Launch at Solva Woollen Mill

SOLVA WOOLLEN MILL

“The Wild Swans” Book Launch Event

Saturday 19th September 11am – 4pm

On Saturday 19th September from 11am – 4pm Jackie Morris will be at Solva Woollen Mill to launch her new book “The Wild Swans”. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, this is a beautiful, dark and dangerous coming-of-age story, and is the long awaited companion to her best selling East of the Sun, West of the Moon novel. Jackie will be talking, painting, drawing, knitting and chatting about The Wild Swans and anything else you’d like to chat to her about. We hope you can join us, everyone is welcome and don’t forget to bring your knitting!

 The books are on sale here at the mill or you can order on-line at: http://www.solvawoollenmill.co.uk/jackie-morris-books

Solva Woollen Mill, Middle Mill, Solva, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 6XD. Phone: 01437 721112


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Closure of St Davids and Solva Schools – Action Needed

From the Western Telegraph

THREE north Pembrokeshire schools are set to close as the long-awaited plans to re-organise education in Fishguard and St Davids are voted on by councillors next week.

Papers released ahead of Thursday’s extraordinary meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council details the latest proposals for Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Ysgol Dewi Sant, Ysgol Bro Dewi, Solva CP and Ysgol Croesgoch.

The extraordinary meeting takes place at County Hall on Thursday at 10am and is open to the public.

The papers show a recommendation that Ysgol Dewi Sant, Ysgol Bro Dewi and Solva CP schools be closed in order to establish a new 3-16 Church in Wales Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled School.

The report states that where the new school would be sited is yet to be resolved, but the Solva CP site would be declared surplus to requirement.

As discussions have commenced with the Governing Body of Ysgol Croesgoch in relation to the school becoming Welsh medium, it would not be part of the new planned 3-16 school.

Under the recommendations Ysgol Bro Gwaun would be designated as a 11-16 school with extra Additional Learning Needs provision for pupils with complex learning needs.

Sixth form provision for students from Bro Gwaun, and the new 3-16 school would be provided by a sixth form centre at Pembrokeshire College.

The report states that, if councillors agree to the recommendations, further consultation would be carried out.

A business case to access 21st Century Schools funding will then need to be prepared.

The extraordinary meeting takes place at County Hall on Thursday at 10am and is open to the public.

 


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