Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting: 17 November, 2014


Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services


Penarth Learning Community Update Report


Purpose of the Report

1.         To update members on the progress of the project


1.         That members note the content of the report.

2.         That members approve additional funding of £200k for asbestos removal.

3.         To Increase the scheme budget and capital programme for 2014/15 by £200k

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To ensure members are furnished with the necessary information regarding the Penarth Learning Community project.

2.         To enable the safe demolition of the existing schools and to enable the completion of the project.

3.         To Increase the 2014/15 Capital Programme


2.         Phase 1 of Penarth Learning Community was completed on programme on the 6th October 2014 after 104 weeks on site. Phase 2 will now commence with completion on 6th October 2015.

3.         Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Government Business, and Cllr Chris Elmore, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, attended the handover of the keys for Penarth Learning Community, which has seen the creation of two new schools within a single building on the site of St. Cyres School, Ashgrove, and Erw’r Y Delyn in Penarth.

4.         As well as providing brand new facilities for the secondary school, it also sees the creation of an SEN school, Ysgol y Deri, accommodating pupils from the three SEN schools in the area. The new building will foster learning and inclusivity, benefitting generations of children to come.

5.         St Cyres School and Ysgol Y Deri will move into the new building during October half term and there will be a phased return for pupils to the new building from the 6th November.

6.         Penarth Learning Community will also be available for use by the community, with the provision of modern sports facilities including a 3G pitch, as well as hydrotherapy pools, physiotherapy suites, and other specialist areas.

7.         Targeted recruitment and training has been a key driver in the contract and has seen many local people employed during the building phase, delivering 6402 person weeks of employment enabling 184 new entrants to construction, and 83 apprentices and trainees employed on the project.

Relevant Issues and Options

8.         Further work has now been undertaken to define the scope and costs of demolition and asbestos removal of the three remaining school buildings. Leadbitter have tendered this package and this has resulted in additional costs associated with the asbestos removal.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

9.         The Penarth Learning Community budget is increased by £200k to fund the additional costs of asbestos removal for the three remaining school buildings. This increased will be funded by a contribution in 2014/15 from the Policy revenue budget.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

10.      Creating a sustainable environment through the use of community benefits is a Welsh Government priority, and part of the Council's procurement policy, strategy and guidance.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.      There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.      There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.      Improving employment opportunities for those living in the Vale and wider community.

Corporate/Service Objectives

14.      Assist in developing a skilled and flexible workforce

Policy Framework and Budget

15.      This report is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.      This report applies to the Authority as a whole.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.      Lifelong Learning

Background Papers



Contact Officer

Jane Wade

Operational Manager, Property


Officers Consulted

Paula Ham, Head of Strategy, Community Learning & Resources

Alan Jenkins, Head of Finance

Gemma jones, Capital Accountant


Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill

Director of Learning and Skills.