Creation of a single 3-16 Catholic school within Merthyr Tydfil

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This consultation is an opportunity for you to learn about the school re-organisation proposal being put forward for St Aloysius RC, the Federation of St Illtyd’s RC and St Mary’s RC primary schools and also Bishop Hedley High School and to tell you how to let us know your views.  It is your chance to ask questions and provide comments that will be considered when the Council decides how to proceed.

This document explains the joint proposal between the Archdiocese of Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (the proposers) to discontinue St Aloysius RC, the Federation of St Illtyd’s RC and St Mary’s RC primary schools and also Bishop Hedley High School by:

• Discontinuing St Aloysius RC, the Federation of St Illtyd’s RC, and St Mary’s RC and also Bishop Hedley RC schools; and
• Creating a single 3-16 faith school provision.

The consultation process follows Welsh Government guidelines outlined in the School Organisation Statutory Code 011/2018. 

A range of individuals and groups are being asked for their views about these proposals.

Before any decisions are made the proposers need to ensure that they offer a number of opportunities for individuals and interested groups to make their views and opinions known on the proposal.

The consultation document can be found here.

The consultation period will run from Monday 29th April 2019 to Sunday 9th June 2019. 
You can respond to our proposal at any time during this period.

Your views are important to us, and there are a number of ways that you can let us know.

You can:

• Complete the on line response form.

• Attend the drop-in session and speak to us in person.  This is a good way to be able to get answers to any questions you may have about the proposals.  We will still ask that you complete a consultation response form, as we can only accept views in writing.

• Complete and return the consultation response form to the address given below:

Chief Education Officer, Learning Department, Unit 5, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 4TQ

All responses given to us in writing, using the consultation response form, will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet before it decides whether or not to publish a Statutory Notice about the proposals.

Responses received from consultees who are opposed to these proposals, although considered as part of the Consultation Report, will not be treated as statutory objections.  A statutory objection would form part of the Statutory Notice period, if it is approved at the next stage, by the Council’s Cabinet.

If you wish to object to the notice at the next stage of the process, should it proceed, you will need to do so in writing during the statutory objection period.  These key dates are outlined in the Statutory Process Timetable on page 27.

Please note that all comments sent in writing must contain the full name and full postal address of the person making the comments.