Wrexham Council's Executive Board has voted unanimously to close Pontfadog Primary School.

Wrexham County Borough Council has been facing questions from concerned councillors and residents over the planned closure of Pontfadog Primary School in the Ceiriog Valley.

The council said the chief reason for the closure of the school is the school roll – because there are currently only 18 pupils in attendance.

Councillor Trevor Bates, Wrexham county councillor for Ceiriog Valley, stood by the residents and made their concerns clear at the Executive Board briefing.

Speaking to Cllr Phil Wynn, he said: “My constituents feel that there was not an adequate amount of time for people to make their feelings known.

“The information in the consultation document was incorrect and biased. Officers have cherry picked comments and have not conducted a proper assessment of special educational needs.

“Only 6.3 per cent of constituents voted in favour of closing Pontfadog Primary School, with most requesting that the status-quo remains.”

Cllr Dana Davies was also unhappy with the proposals, suggesting that the council should have gone with option two, which is to turn Ysgol Cynddelw into a full Welsh medium school and move the English medium pupils to Pontfadog Primary School.

She said: “Option two is the best. Children often travel from outside of the county, through Chirk to go to Pontfadog Primary School. Closing the school would deprive families the option to send their children to an English medium school.”

Cllr Marc Jones said: “The three schools in the Ceiriog Valley federation serve differing needs. Ysgol Llanarmon DC is Wrexham’s only naturally Welsh speaking school serving the higher end of the valley. Pontfadog Primary School currently offers English-medium education for the valley.”

Following a public consultation from January 9 until February 21, the plan is now to move the English medium students of Pontfadog Primary into Glyn Ceiriog-based Ysgol Cynddelw's dual stream system.

The last intake of students at Pontfadog Primary School will be in September, with the school closing its doors for the final time on July 22, 2019.