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NEXT month plans to create an area school in the Aeron valley will move forward following the end of a public consultation.

Ceredigion County Council’s cabinet is expected to discuss the plans to close three primary schools and replace them with a new school for three to 11 year-olds on a new site at its meeting on September 3.

There were ten responses to a consultation held from June 5 to July 16, as well as responses from the pupils with a children’s version of the questions given to school councils.

The location of the new school has not been finalised but it has previously been reported that there was a “move away” from the Felinfach educational campus site.

Responses listed in a summary report published in August include ensuring the area school is in the catchment area for Aberaeron Secondary School and is on a central site.

Concerns were also raised that the “closure of a small rural school will have a detrimental effect on the community” and “research suggest that small, mixed age classes are better for students.”

Other respondents objected to larger class sizes and the loss of a “rich, supportive education” with smaller schools the “heartbeat of the village.”

If discussed on September 3 cabinet will decided whether to issue statutory notice to commence the proposal or not.

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