Why let Church run area's new school? LETTERS.
FROM 1st September 2018, parents in the Bala/Penllyn area of Gwynedd will have to send their children to a Church school under proposals recommended by the Gwynedd Cabinet. There will be only one school in town!
Nursery age children, primary and secondary students will all have to attend the new 'lifelong' Church school - there won't be any choice! And for those parents who send their children to the community schools in Llanuchuwchllyn, Frongoch and Cefnddwysarn, their children too will have to go to a Church school once they reach secondary school age. There will be no other choice for them either.
For the Church, this will be one of only a handful of VC schools which provide secondary education throughout the whole of Wales, and, it seems, the only 'lifelong',' 3-19 school. What a prize! No wonder the Church in Wales is thrilled. From having one primary school in Bala which is literally half empty, the Church will gain VC influence over all educational provision in Penllyn.
Why on earth would Gwynedd agree to such a settlement in an area where the non-conformist tradition is so strong and where parents have struggled for over a century against the influence of the Established Church in their children's education? The whole thing is an insult and there won't be any choice!
What's wrong with a community school with a strong non-denominational Christian ethos? There is no educational advantage in VC status!
There is no local support for VC status! There is no especial Church tradition in the area!
Gwynedd Cabinet should therefore explain why they are forcing us to accept Church status.
Dylan Jones, Bala