A Carmarthenshire MP has urged for plans to 'federate' two schools in the county to be scrapped.

Jonathan Edwards has written to Carmarthenshire County Council, asking them to reconsider their proposals to federate Ysgol Rhys Pritchard and Ysgol Llangadog.

This move comes following strong opposition by the governing bodies and communities of both schools.

This issue was brought to the politician's attention by parents, staff, and pupils, who expressed contentment with the current model and the quality of education provided at both centres.

The backlash against federation is fuelled by worries of an added burden on already stressed staff and queries about the merging of the school budgets.

Mr Edwards said: "It is understandable that there is a strong feeling in the local community regarding the proposal.

"Both schools are presently doing very well and have benefitted from financial investment from the local authority.

"Having visited both schools, I can attest the facilities in both schools are second to none.

"Every decision made by the local authority should be based on the educational standards of the school and pupil welfare.

"I share concerns that this is merely a cost-saving exercise and will have a negative effect on staff, pupils and the wider community.

"I urge those involved in making this decision to ensure that they reach the right decision and consider the responses to the consultation carefully."

The MP also added that parents feared that the headteachers commuting between the two sites would result in less guidance and additional work for the staff.