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Pontypridd AM has misled residents over changes to Gwaelod Y Garth catchment


Wales Online yesterday reported that Cardiff Council are, following a period of consultation, going to make changes to the catchment area for Ysgol Gynradd Gwaelod Y Garth. It means that children from Taffs Well and Nantgarw will no longer live in the catchment area for that school from next year.
The decision marks the end of an arrangement which has existed for more than four decades and is causing considerable anger amongst parents whose children are affected.
Yet in February Labour AM for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw told parents that he had spoken to Cardiff Council and the matter was "parked." A press release was headlined "delight at school u-turn."
So what happened? Did Cardiff Council deliberately mislead him, or did he not understand what he was told? Either way he certainly tried to give the impression to everyone else that the matter was sorted.
You cannot blame Cardiff Council for making this decision - they have a duty to provide for residents within their boundaries first and foremost and need to ensure there are places available for Cardiff residents.
However, for parents living in Nantgarw and Taff's Well there will be a difficult choice to be made. Their nearest RCT Welsh medium schools are at Garth Olwg in Llantwit Fardre, which already has capacity issues, or Evan James in Pontypridd. Some may decide to take their children out of Welsh medium education in favour of a closer to home English medium education.
It is yet another example of the lack of joined up thinking that has been a feature of education across the area for many years.
Karen Roberts


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