THE FRIENDS OF JOHN BEDDOES:
You will probably have heard by now about the Cabinet decision to press ahead with the closure of John Beddoes School and its demotion to a “campus” of Newtown High School. This decision was disappointing but not unexpected, and the Friends of John Beddoes are now shifting up a gear as they continue their fight to keep our local school open and autonomous.
FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS – PLEASE GET WRITING BY 19TH JULY!
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Powys County Council have now posted closure notices at John Beddoes School and in the local press, giving one month for people to register any objections. If any objections are received, the issue will be passed to the Welsh Assembly Education Minister for the final decision – but if no objections are received, Powys will be able to go straight ahead with their closure and takeover plans. Please write to Mr Jeremy Patterson, Chief Executive - your letters need to reach him by 19th July.
If you wrote as part of the consultation process, please print out your letter again and send it to Mr Patterson – the letters sent during the consultation period won’t count
as objections unless you re-address them and send them again.
Please send your letter to:
Jeremy Patterson, Chief Executive, Powys County Council,
County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LG
(by post, not email) your letters need to reach him by 19th July
We now know that Council leader David Jones wrote proposing closure from a very early stage; and Powys County Council throughout the process blamed the closure plans on Leighton Andrews, claiming that he had had John Beddoes “in his sights” for years. Well, Mr Andrews has now resigned, so he can’t be blamed for the next stage of the process!
The Friends of John Beddoes are in the process of obtaining documents under Freedom of Information which show that the PCC have not told us the whole story. A letter from Council Leader David Jones as early as January proposes the closure of the school, well before the LEPS improvement scheme (funded by £90,000 of taxpayers’ money) had even started. More information will be posted here as it emerges.
Meanwhile, please keep helping us! Please keep this issue in the public eye, by writing to the local press to let them know you don’t support this decision. Also, the online petition we began during the official consultation will be submitted again as part of the appeal process – so please keep signing and sharing it – here. The more signatures we get, the more the Council will finally be forced to listen.
Defend the long term future of John Beddoes!
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