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Education (Breconshire)

Volume 463: debated on Friday 1 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Education how many pupils are conveyed daily from the Painscastle rural district to the Llandrindod Wells County Grammar School and from the Hay urban and rural districts to the Brecon County Grammar Schools; and what is the mileage travelled by the buses daily and the cost per week, respectively, for such conveyances.

I understand that about 20 pupils are conveyed to the Llandrindod Wells County Secondary School from the Painscastle district, at a cost of £25 per week (including the cost of conveying children from an adjoining district) and that the bus travels about 70 miles daily. The number of children conveyed to the Brecon County Grammar Schools from the Hay urban and rural districts is 117, and the estimated cost is £26 per week. Most of these travel by public train and bus services, and the mileage cannot be given.

asked the Minister of Education how many Breconshire pupils are at the Clyro Court County Secondary School, Radnorshire; how many have to pay fees; how many will be transferred to Breconshire schools this year; to what schools; and whether they will receive a similar type of education as at Clyro.

Seventeen Breconshire children are attending the Secondary Modern School at Clyro Court Radnorshire no fees are payable at this school. Some of them may be transferred to Secondary Modern Schools or Departments at Gwernyfed and Builth when these are established, but I cannot say how many. I assume that children will not be transferred unless they can receive a suitable type of education at Breconshire schools.

asked the Minister of Education what type of school is to be located at Gwernyfed Park, Breconshire; from what districts will the pupils be drawn; and whether any publicity is to be given about this development to parents and others.

I understand that the local education authority for Breconshire propose to adapt Gwernyfed House as a Secondary Modern School for children from the Hay and Talgarth districts. It will be necessary for them to give public notice of their proposal to establish the new school under Section 13 (3) of the Education Act, 1944.