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Transforming Secondary Education in Barry 

Establishing two new mixed sex secondary schools in Barry 


Background 

On 06 March 2017 the Council's Cabinet determined the proposal to transform secondary education in Barry by closing the existing single sex English medium Barry Comprehensive and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive schools and establishing two new mixed-sex, 11 - 18 English medium comprehensive schools on the current sites of Barry Comprehensive and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive schools from September 2018. 


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Secondary school pupils using a tablet deviceAdmissions Update

Year 7 

The first round of applications for secondary school places from September 2018 closed on 28 November 2017. At this early stage it is difficult to project pupil number as the allocation process is complex and will be completed over the coming months. However, initial numbers are very encouraging with 139 pupils identifying the Port Road Site as their preferred school and 141 pupils identifying the Merthyr Dyfan Road Site as their preferred school. This is a considerable increase from the position this time last year when each school had received just over 100 applications. The gender split of the first preference applications is as follows:

 

Gender split across new Barry Schools
   Merthyr Dyfan Road Site   Port Road Site   
   1st Preference Applications  Percentage  1st Preference Applications  Percentage
Boys   75  53%  68  49%
Girls  66  47%  71  51%

We would expect these numbers to increase over the coming months due to the following considerations:

  • Oversubscription criteria applied in schools where the number of applications has exceeded their admission number
  • Late applications received
  • Allocation of places at schools that complete their own admissions process

Year 8-10 

Pupils currently in years 7-9 at Bryn Hafren and Barry Comprehensive School were asked to apply for a place at one of the new mixed sex secondary schools from September 2018. Applications closed on 20 October 2017 with more than 700 applications received by the closing date. Since then the admissions team has been chasing the remaining 120 outstanding applications to confirm pupil numbers for the 2018/19 academic year. As it stands the applications received to date are broken down as follows:

 

Merthyr Dyfan Road Site
 2018/19  Boys %   Girls % Total
 Year 8  28  28%  72  72% 100
 Year 9  28  24%  88  76% 116
 Year 10  20  17%  98  83% 118
 Total  76  23%  258  77% 334

 

Port Road Site
 2018/19  Boys %   Girls % Total
 Year 8  107  71%  43  29% 150
 Year 9  80 70%  34  30% 114
 Year 10 102 71%  41  29% 143
 Total 289  71% 118  29% 407

The number of applications received has not exceeded the admission number for any year group. Therefore all first preference applications submitted up to 20 October 2017 will be allocated and confirmation will be issued by 15 December 2017. If you have any questions regarding admissions, please contact the School Access Team or visit the School Admissions webpages. 

 

 

 

Dr Browne at work in the Civic OfficesExecutive Headteacher Appointed

Dr Vince Browne has been appointed as Executive Headteacher for the two new mixed sex secondary schools that will be established in Barry next year. 

 

Currently headteacher at Llantwit Major Comprehensive School and Executive Headteacher at Llanishen High School in Cardiff, Dr Browne will now take on responsibility for all aspects of both new schools’ strategic management as well as pupils’ results. Read the article in full.

 

 

Temporary Governing Bodies Created

The proposal to establish two new schools on the current sites of Barry Comprehensive and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive schools and a joint sixth form across both was approved on 6 March 2017. The current single sex schools will formally close at the end of August 2018. 

 

The decision was taken following a lengthy programme of engagement with parents, pupils, staff, governors and other professionals and the Council is committed to continuing to involve as wide a range of people as possible. Two new temporary governing bodies have been created to help achieve this. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

 

  • When would mixed sex education start in Barry?
    The two new mixed sex schools will be established in September 2018 on the sites of the current Bryn Hafren and Barry Comprehensive Schools. It is anticipated that the new school buildings on the existing Barry Comprehensive campus and the modernised buildings on the existing Bryn Hafren campus should be ready by September 2022, subject to funding.  
  • Why do Barry and Bryn Hafren schools need to be closed?  
    In order to establish two mixed sex schools Barry Comprehensive and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive single sex schools will need to be closed. There will be no time gap in the closure and the opening of the schools. As both of these schools will be new schools, each school has its own temporary governing body. 
  • What does this mean for students currently attending Barry and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive schools?
    All students attending Barry and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School at the time of the opening of the two schools will be guaranteed a place at their catchment school. Parents of children in years 7,8 and 9 in the school year 2017/18 will be asked to apply for a place at the new school of their preference from 15th September 2017. If there are surplus places at either of the schools, after all learners from the catchment area who have applied have been offered a place, other applicants will be admitted based on the criteria outlined in the Parental Guide to School Admissions. Further information on admission arrangements can be found on the dedicated Transforming Secondary Education in Barry Admissions webpage
  • Will the new schools have a new name and uniform? 
    The new schools will each have a new name. A uniform for the two schools will be decided by the new governing bodies. It would be important for the governing bodies to consider current uniforms of both schools, the affordability of the new uniform and the phasing in of a new uniform.  
  • What will the local catchment areas be for each school?
    Currently, Bryn Hafren and Barry Comprehensive Schools share the same catchment area. The new school on the Barry Comprehensive School site would largely serve the west of the town and the new school on the campus of Bryn Hafren the east. A list of street names linked to each new catchment area and a post code finder can be found on the Transforming Secondary Education in Barry consultation page.  
  • How do I apply for admission to the new schools? 
    Parents of children in years 7, 8 and 9 in the school year 2017/18 will be asked to apply for a place at the new school of their preference from 15th September 2017. Further information on admission arrangements can be found on the dedicated Transforming Secondary Education in Barry Admissions webpage. Parents of year 6 students in the school year 2017/18 will be asked to apply for a place at a secondary school from 28th September 2017. Further information on secondary admission arrangements can be found on the admissions webpage.  
  •  What will happen to my child if they are due to sit their GCSE’s in 2019?
    Pupils who are in year 10 in the school year 2017/18 will continue in their existing single sex year group based in their current location for their final year of GCSE.  
  • What will happen to my child if they are due to sit their AS or A2 exams in 2019? 
    Pupils moving into their A2 year (Year 13) in September 2018 will remain in their current class. Pupils who are starting the first year of A level (Year 12) will join the new joint 6th form. Pupils who are in Year 11 in the spring of 2018 will choose their Post 16 options at this point.  
  •  Will transport continue to be provided?
    With the changes to catchment areas there will be a review of pupils’ eligibility for school transport. All pupils should live within 3 miles walking distance of their catchment school, with the exception of pupils living within Rhoose and Heol Collen, Parc Y Gwenfo. Only 37 pupils who live further than 3 miles walking distance from their catchment school will be eligible for free school transport. Children who choose to and are accepted to attend any other school apart from their catchment school or nearest school will not be eligible for free school transport.  

 

Get in Touch 

If you have a question regarding the transformation of secondary education in Barry, please complete the form below.

 

Contact Form 

 

Alternatively you can write to:

 

  • School Organisation and Access,
    Vale of Glamorgan Council, 
    Holton Road, 
    Barry
    CF63 4RU

 

 

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