Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Press Release to Rhondda Leader

Written before Leighton Andrews' resignation.

Pentre Action Group are dismayed and appalled by the way in which the fight to save Pentre Primary from closure has been politicised by various groups seeking to pursue their own personal agendas.

Education Minister, and Rhondda AM, Leighton Andrews appears to be the target for those same people who have cynically exploited the situation at our school. From the outset we wanted to ensure that the fight to save Pentre focused on the real issues surrounding the children, parents and wider community. As our AM Leighton Andrews is perfectly entitled to participate in the consultation process.

Plaid Cymru’s assertions that Leighton Andrews is trying to shut our school is simply incorrect. The WAG has of course an issue with surplus places in schools and many schools in Wales, like ours, will inevitably come under scrutiny. However clear and stringent guidelines have been set in place by the Minister to ensure that when a school is proposed for closure the LEA must apply certain checks and balances. Each case must be judged on its own merit.

Our legal challenge to the LEA is based upon the fact that they have not given due consideration to the guidelines and in many cases have totally ignored ministerial advice. Incidentally after October 1st they will be legally obliged to follow these guidelines.

It is important to remember that at the heart of this is not the issue of surplus places but the safety of our children. There are no safe routes to Treorchy and we are shocked that the LEA has not undertaken a safe route assessment prior to bringing forward the proposal to close Pentre Primary as clearly set out in ministerial guidelines.

Mr Andrews shares our concerns and we are pleased to note that we have an AM prepared to put the interests of children before political expediency,

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