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Clare Roberts, a Wrexham mum of three, hands in her 500-strong petition to Wrexham Council’s lead member for education Phil Wynn. Her two eldest sons are in separate Welsh-medium schools.

Plaid Cymru’s shadow education secretary has welcomed news that the Welsh Government will be reviewing the schools admissions policy in the autumn.Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM, said the announcement by Kirsty Williams in the Assembly’s education committee was a welcome step forward after he had previously raised concerns about admissions policies that separated siblings in different primary schools.

He said:

“I’m glad that the education secretary is reviewing the admissions policy. It’s clear from approaches I have had from parents, in particular in the Wrexham area, that there are problems that need addressing. 

“The lack of spaces in Welsh-medium schools over the past few years has meant that a small number of parents have faced the nightmare of having two primary-school children having to go to different schools – often many miles apart. Last year a petition of more than 500 names was presented to the council on the matter, asking that keeping siblings together was given a greater priority. The stress it places on families having to be in two places at one time has not been sufficiently recognised and clearly can have an impact on the children as well. 

“It’s an issue that the council hopes will sort itself out as Welsh-medium provision is expanded to meet that demand but I’d like the Welsh Government to offer clearer guidance on the matter and that’s why I welcome this announcement.�