I do not think that words can describe the sense of dejection within the school this morning, following the decision taken by the County Council cabinet on the 15th March. We will continue to seek to not only maintain our Welsh Medium stream at the school, but also to grow the provision for the wider area. The vote by the cabinet members indicates that over time opinion has been shifted through the quality of the arguments that have been given via the numerous meetings that have been attended and the written responses that have been sent to the County Council, not once, but over 3 consultations. My thoughts today are with the parents and pupils of our Welsh Medium stream, who have been very loyal and supportive of the school and who will, I know, continue to challenge the decision that has been made. Last week we were informed that 10 pupils had applied to join the Welsh Medium stream in Year 7 in September, we hope that this continues to be the case. These numbers show how there is a start of growing the numbers again, following the devastating impact of the initial consultation on Welsh Medium provision in March 2015, where little was done by the County Council to reassure parents.
David Meredith, our Chair of Governors and County Councillor, attended yesterday’s meeting, has expressed his disappointment at the outcome, but has also re-iterated that the governing body continues to support a Welsh Medium stream at Brecon High School. We are also grateful for the on-going support of our other local Councillors, including Matthew Dorrance and Gillian Thomas, for their support.
I have been informed that letters are to be sent to the school, to be distributed to parents on Thursday 16th March from the County Council. These relate to the next stage of the process. As a school we will respond to this, when the detail is known. A letter will be sent out by the school to parents of pupils in the Welsh Medium stream. We will await the minutes of yesterday’s Cabinet meeting as there were a number of new pieces of information given, which we may need to challenge.
There are a great number of parents who are working together, in opposition to this decision, we are grateful to them for the work they are doing. We are aware of meetings that have been secured already, we hope that these bring further ways of overturning yesterday’s decision.