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Western Vale Primary Provision

Consultation on the proposal to reconfigure primary provision in the Western Vale

 

Introduction

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is committed to ensuring that all pupils within the Vale have every opportunity to attain the best possible outcomes. In order to achieve this ambition it is essential that we ensure schools remain sustainable, reflect the needs of our local communities and are equipped with the best possible learning environments. 


In March 2018, the Council launched a consultation aimed at taking a holistic view of primary school provision in the Western Vale. The aim of the consultation was to inform the community about the school re-organisation proposal being put forward to build a new 210 place school building for Llancarfan Primary School, with the addition of 48 part time nursery places which would be located in Rhoose, and to seek feedback on this proposal.


Members of the community raised a number of important concerns regarding the impact to their local areas, as well as raising additional questions about the proposal, while seeking to ensure their views were understood. 


The Council is committed to ensuring that consultations are meaningful, relevant and appropriate for the communities that are involved, and the Council has a duty of care to ensure that proposals are clear, transparent and reflective of those affected. This is a vision that can only be realised by working in partnership with schools, governors, parents and the wider communities we all serve.

 

The recent consultation exercise examining primary provision in the Western vale has been valuable and important in informing the next steps. As a result of feedback, the Council has felt it is important to include greater detail in the consultation document and to provide stakeholders the opportunity to consider this information within a new consultation timeline. 

 

The proposal

To reconfigure primary provision in the Western Vale by:

  • Creating a new 210 place primary school building with a 48 place part time nursery class for Llancarfan Primary School in Rhoose;
  • Transferring staff and pupils from the existing Llancarfan Primary School building in to the new school building; and
  • Changing the age range of Llancarfan Primary School from 4 - 11 years to 3 - 11 years.

Reasons for the proposal

As stated above, the feedback provided to date has been incredibly valuable. A thematic review of the concerns raised has been completed and those themes form the basis for the additional detail included in this consultation. Transferring  the school to a new larger building would address a number of challenges:

  • The staff and pupils at the existing Llancarfan Primary School site would benefit from a new school building which meets 21st century school standards.
  • Increased surplus capacity at Llancarfan Primary School would be addressed.
  • Increasing demand for pupil places within the Rhoose area would be met.
  • The proposed revisions to catchment areas within the Western Vale are expected to increase pupil numbers at other schools, improving future sustainability and contributing to the Council's commitment to reduce surplus capacity in its schools.
  • Small site issues associated with a school on a confined site such as a lack of outdoor sporting facilities would be addressed.
  • Poor access to the school through the village and lanes would be addressed.
  • A nursery would be established supporting continuity and progression in children’s learning from age 3. This would support stability of numbers for the school. Extra nursery places are required in the area to meet the increased demand from nursery age children emanating from the new housing development in Rhoose and to also provide nursery education for present parents of the school.

More information on this proposal can be found in the following documents.

Responding to the consultation

The consultation period will run from 21 May 2018 to 9 July 2018. You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:

  • Complete the online response form

  • Attend a drop-in session to speak to us in person. This is a good way to be able to get answers to any questions your may have about the proposals. We will still ask that you complete a consultation response form, as we can only accept views in writing.

    • Complete the consultation response form, which can be found at the end of the consultation document, and return it to the address provided. 

 

Drop-in sessions

 

Drop-in sessions
 Nature of session Date / Time Location
 Staff meeting Wednesday 27 June 2018, 4:30 - 5:30pm  Llancarfan Primary School
 Governors' meeting Wednesday 27 June 2018, 5:30 - 6:30pm  Llancarfan Primary School
Parents' and community drop-in session Wednesday 20 June 2018 9.00am – 11.00am3.00pm – 7.00pm   Llancarfan Primary School
 Rhoose community drop-in session Friday 22 June 2018 3.00pm - 6.00pm   Celtic Way Community Centre, Celtic Way, Rhoose

 

If you have a question that is not addressed by the information provided you can contact us using the details provided below.

 

Consultation Report

 

The authority is grateful to everyone who took the time to consider our proposal and to those who let us know their views. All comments were considered by the Council's Cabinet on 17 September 2018. 

 

The Consultation Report and letter are available to download. Hard copies of the report are available on request by contacting the Learning and Skills Directorate at the Contact Details below.

 

Equality Impact Assessment

 

The Equality Impact Assessment 

 

Contact Details