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On Thursday 29th January hundreds of parents, school children and supporters gathered at Pembrokeshire’s County Hall, to protest against plans to close several local schools.

 

On Thursday 29th January hundreds of parents, school children and supporters gathered at Pembrokeshire’s County Hall, to protest against plans to close several local schools.

An extraordinary meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council was called to discuss plans that could see both Ysgol Dewi Sant in St Davids and Tasker Milward School in Haverfordwest close.
The preferred PCC option is that in Haverfordwest, Tasker Milward VC and St Thomas Picton Schools are replaced by a larger school on the site of the current Sir Thomas Picton School.
Ysgol Dewi Sant school in St David’s and Ysgol Bro Gwaun in Fishguard are to be replaced with a new school, built on the site of the current Ysgol Bro Gwaun school.

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But there was an eleventh hour u-turn in the extraordinary meeting as hundreds of protestors made their voices heard outside County Hall.
Members were due to vote on proposals to send the recommendation to discontinue Ysgol Dewi Sant, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Sir Thomas Picton, Tasker Milward and Ysgol Gymraeg Glan Cleddau out to statutory consultation.
But the leader, Councillor Jamie Adams made a last minute amendment, which would see Ysgol Dewi Sant and Ysgol Bro Gwaun retained for 11-16 year olds, with sixth form provision provided at Pembrokeshire College.
Cllr Adams said: “There is some clear thinking behind it. It’s about educating the children as close as we possibly can to their homes and their communities. But it’s also about recognising that we must raise standards and provide options that children require to make successful futures for themselves.”
The amendment was welcomed by a packed public gallery and St Davids Cllr David Lloyd. He said: “I am gracious enough to thank the leader for his change of heart.

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“I had come here today to oppose the published recommendations, backed by a wonderful army of parents and children, to whom I pay considerable tribute.”
Concerns were raised from members about the future of sixth form provision, as well a change of catchment areas for the feeder schools.
As reported by Western Mail and the Western Telegraph.