The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 13 July, 2015

Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Schools

Instrument of Government for Ysgol y Ddraig

Purpose of the Report

1.    To seek Cabinet approval of the proposed name of the amalgamated primary school in Llantwit Major as Ysgol y Ddraig.


1.    That Cabinet approve the attached Instrument of Government and consequently the name of the amalgamated school in Llantwit Major as Ysgol y Ddraig.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.    To ensure that the naming of this school complies with the legal framework.


2.    The Council has previously approved the proposal to amalgamate Eagleswell Primary School and Llanilltud Fawr Primary School to become Ysgol y Ddraig with effect from 1 September 2015.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.    The governing body 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.


4.    The temporary governing body of Ysgol y Ddraig approved the draft Instrument of Government (attached at Appendix 1) on 18 May 2015. A permanent governing body will be established after the new school opens in September 2015 and before the end of its first term i.e. prior to 31 December 2015 in accordance with the New Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005.


5.    A Naming Committee comprising of pupils, staff and parents was established.  The committee agreed that a name was required for the school that was strong, proud and reflected 'Welshness'.  For several weeks the Naming Committee worked closely with the School Councils from both schools in organising the gathering of ideas involving pupils, staff and parents in both schools. 


6.    Ysgol y Ddraig translates as 'The Dragon School'.  The name clearly demonstrates 'pride and place'; not just as a school in Llantwit Major and the Vale of Glamorgan but as a centre for excellence in learning and teaching in Wales.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.    None directly arising from this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.    None directly arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.    This report and its recommendation comply with the Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005 and the New Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.    None directly arising from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.    None directly arising from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.    This amalgamation is consistent with aims of the Corporate Plan 2013-17.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.    This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.    Ward member consultation is not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.    Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

Instrument of Government of Ysgol y Ddraig (Appendix 1)

The Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005

The New Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005

Contact Officer

John Sparks, Head of Governor Support

Officer Consulted

Paula Ham, Head of Strategy, Community Learning & Resources

Responsible Officer

Jennifer Hill

Director of Learning and Skills