A PRIMARY school in the Ceiriog Valley looks set to close.

Wrexham Council’s executive board is set to approve the closure of Ysgol Pontfadog when it meets on Tuesday.

There are currently three schools which are part of the Ceiriog Valley Federation - Ysgol Pontfadog which is an English medium school, Ysgol Cynddelw which is a dual stream school and Ysgol Llanarmon, which is a Welsh medium school.

The council cite the chief reason for the closure of Ysgol Pontfadog is that there are currently only 18 pupils at the school.

Due to this low number, the school’s future has been deemed unsustainable, partly due to the cost, but the council also hold the view that the small class sizes do not provide the best learning experience for pupils, with one class only having two students.

Following a public consultation which took place from January 9 until February 21, the plan is now to move the English medium students of Ysgol Pontfadog into Ysgol Cynddelw’s dual stream system.

To this end, the last intake of students at Ysgol Pontfadog will be in September, with the school closing its doors for the final time on July 22, 2019 at the conclusion of the academic year.

The council maintain that all children and young people should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential, and that the Welsh language and culture is promoted and supported.

Cllr Phil Wynn, lead member for education said: “There is the need to deliver a sustainable model and improve the quality of education.”