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Consultation meaningless on schools proposals

September 2, 2018 10:30 AM

So, just as RCT Lib Dems warned, Pontypridd schools are next in line to have their sixth forms stripped away and primary and secondary schools merged.

The Labour Cabinet have already embarked on a huge experiment in Rhondda and Tonyrefail whereby pupils from aged 3 to 16, or 3 to 19, are now mixed on the same site, albeit in separate buildings. Several schools have lost their sixth form meaning pupils have to transfer elsewhere at the age of 16 if they want to study A levels.

Now they are moving on to Pontypridd schools. There is a so called consultation about to begin, but as we know from the Rhondda consultation whatever is said will not make any difference once their minds are made up. All manner of opposing points of view were put forward then but all arguments, no matter how logical, were just dismissed out of hand.

There is no evidence that these through schools give pupils any advantage. Amongst the arguments coming from the Education Director (now Chief Executive) was that transition would be easier for those pupils going from primary to secondary education. But what about those in all the other primary schools that are not part of the through school?

Sixth forms offer so much to schools, providing role models for younger pupils and also giving sixth form students the chance to gain confidence and experience as mentors to them. That will be taken away from Hawthorn and Ponty High.

The way in which this was announced was appalling. I am a governor at Hawthorn and knew nothing about it until after the announcement had been put on the RCT Council website. There is no interest in consultation.

Still, the majority of people voted Labour back in at the last election and so they will no doubt be very happy at this latest attempt to to use our children as guinea pigs.