Monmoutshire County Council Press Release - Council to consult over proposed changes to secondary school catchment areas

Monmouthshire County Council is proposing changes to its secondary school catchment areas and has launched a public consultation programme with a deadline for responses of Friday, 1st March. If agreed, the proposals will affect primary school pupils living in four areas of the county – Goetre, Trelech, Usk and Llandogo - and any changes will be effective from the start of the 2020/21 academic year.

Anyone wishing to respond to the council’s proposals may complete the council’s consultation questionnaire, which is available on its website - www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/catchmentconsultation - or attend one of the consultation meetings the council has organised in February:

Goetre and surrounding areas
Tuesday, 5th February at 6pm - Goytre Fawr Primary School

Trelech and surrounding area
Tuesday, 12th February at 6pm - Trelech Primary School

Llandogo and surrounding area
Monday, 18th February at 6pm - Llandogo Primary School

Usk and surrounding area
Wednesday, 20th February at 6pm - Usk Church in Wales Primary School

All areas daytime drop-in session

Thursday, 14th February from 9.30am to 11.30am - County Hall, Usk
In accordance with The School Admissions Code Wales (July 2013), local authorities must consult on admission arrangements for those schools for which it is the admissions authority. Where changes to existing arrangements are proposed, including school catchment areas, consultation must be undertaken with those likely to be affected by the proposals.

Councillor Richard John, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for Children and Young People said “Making a secondary school preference is a really important and emotive decision for parents. Secondary school catchment areas have been largely unchanged since 1996 and there are a number of anomalies. The changes we’re proposing mean that as far as possible, primary and secondary school catchment areas will align meaning peer groups formed in primary school may be less likely to be split up on transition to secondary school. I hope that as many residents as possible will contribute to this consultation by writing or emailing in or attending our public meetings, so we can make an informed decision so catchment areas are fit for the future.”

The consultation report will be published by Wednesday, 27th March and Monmouthshire’s cabinet will consider the results of consultation and agree how to proceed at its meeting on Wednesday, 3rd April.
Residents with questions on the proposals should email the council’s Access Unit - accesstolearning@monmouthshire.gov.uk – or telephone 01633 644508.
ENDS

Issued by Dewi Jones
Communications Officer
01633 644402