Long-serving councillor welcomes parents support over sixth form issue at Caerphilly Welsh medium

23/02/2018

A senior Caerphilly councillor says he is convinced that a majority of parents accept that a sixth form cannot be justified at this time at the Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni’s Gwyndy site.

Councillor Phil Bevan, a former Cabinet member for education on Caerphilly council, said: “I know that many parents understand the difficult position that the school finds itself in. They accept the reality and the necessity for the decision made regarding a 6th form at the Gwyndy.

“Unfortunately, it appears that there remain a few parents that are not prepared to accept this and are not willing to understand the difficulties faced at this time. My concern is solely for the education of students.

 “Caerphilly county will be assessing 6th forms and single sex schools, so I will be watching how that develops, as it could seriously affect Welsh medium education in 6th forms.

“One side of the county that was previously a part of Gwent has had no sixth forms for many years. If the council were to do the same on the Caerphilly side of the county it would seriously impact on students in Welsh medium 6th forms,” added Councillor Bevan, who represents the Morgan Jones ward where the Gwyndy campus is sited.