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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 29 November 2011

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning

 

Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent by reason of the need to confirm the names of the new Welsh Medium Primary Schools in accordance with the legal framework.  The federated governing body approved their draft Instrument of Government on Wednesday 23rd November 2011, hence this late request

 

Council approval of the Instruments of Government for the new Welsh Medium Schools (legal process for naming the new schools)

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To seek Cabinet approval of the names of the Council's new Welsh Medium Schools as Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant and Ysgol Nant Talwg.

Recommendation

1.             That Cabinet approve the attached Instruments of Government and consequently the names of the new Welsh Medium Schools as Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant and Ysgol Nant Talwg.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To ensure the naming of the new Welsh Medium Schools complies with the legal framework.

 

Background

2.             The Council opened two new Welsh Medium Schools with effect from 1 September 2011, Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant in Llantwit Major and Ysgol Nant Talwg in Barry.

3.             Ysgol Nant Talwg has been Federated with the existing Ysgol Sant Baruc in accordance with the Federation Regulations listed below under Legal Implications and as a consequence one Federated governing body manages both schools.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             The governing body of a new school must submit its draft Instrument of Government to the Local Authority for making in accordance with the legislation listed below under Legal Implications. This is the legal process for naming a new school.

5.             The temporary governing body of Ysgol Dewi Sant approved the draft Instrument of Government (attached at Appendix 1) on 16 November 2011 and the federated governing body of Ysgol Sant Baruc and Ysgol Nant Talwg approved the draft Instrument of Government (attached at Appendix 2) on 23 November 2011.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

6.             None directly arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.             This report and its recommendation comply with the Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005 and the Federation of Maintained Schools and Miscellaneous Amendments (Wales) Regulations 2010.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.             None directly arising from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9.             The opening of these new Welsh Medium Schools addresses the growing demand for Welsh Medium Education within the Council's area.

Corporate/Service Objectives

10.        The opening of these new Welsh Medium Schools addresses the growing demand for Welsh Medium Education within the Council's area.

Policy Framework and Budget

11.        The naming of new schools is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12.        Ward member consultation is not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.        Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

Instrument of Government of Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant.

Instrument of Government of the Federated governing body of Ysgol Sant Baruc and Ysgol Nant Talwg.

The Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005.

The Federation of Maintained Schools and Miscellaneous Amendments (Wales) Regulations 2010.

 

Contact Officer:

John Sparks, Head of Governor Support.

 

Officers Consulted

Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance.

 

Responsible Officer

Bryan Jeffreys, Director of Learning and Development.

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