Question from: County Councillor Kelvyn Curry Subject: School transport Rhayader-Llanidloes
In 1972, at the time of the Rhayader Secondary School closure, an agreement was made by the then Council that children from Rhayader would be transported free of charge to Llanidloes Secondary School, if that was the choice of the pupil/parent, and that agreement has been honoured to the present day – 49 years – for both Welsh and English streams. Can you please tell me what communication/consultation took place with the staff of Rhayader Church in Wales Primary School, the pupils and parents of Rhayader Church in Wales Primary School and the staff of Llanidloes High School prior to parents receiving a letter from PCC informing them they were not entitled to free transport after they had applied to Llanidloes High School in March/April this year? I would be grateful for the dates that this took place, if any.
Response by the Portfolio Holder:
The council consulted on its proposed revised Home to School Transport policy between the 15th June 2020 and the 27th July 2020. The consultation was publicised via social media and the Council’s webpage, as well as direct targeting to all schools for dissemination to parents, pupils, Governors and staff. It was also circulated to an additional 75 stakeholders including Town and Community Councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner and various equalities groups.