New learning community proposed for Llantwit Major
Published on this website 13 November 2013
Education in Llantwit Major is on the brink of receiving a major boost, if plans for a new learning community are given the go ahead by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet on Monday 18 November.
The proposal for the £22,489,000 Llantwit Learning Community includes plans for a new comprehensive school and a new 420-place primary school, formed from the amalgamation of Eagleswell and Llanilltud Fawr schools. A new school building for Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant is also planned.
To create the new learning complex, part of the comprehensive school would be remodelled and a new building would replace the rest of the school. The new primary school buildings, which could open in September 2017, would be situated on the site currently occupied by the comprehensive school, Llanilltud Fawr and Ysgol Dewi Sant Primary Schools.
A template design, such as the model design used for Ysgol Nant Talwg primary school in Barry, would also be used for the new buildings. Nant Talwg is the first example of this approach in Wales and has been upheld by Welsh Government as an exemplar project. The Vale would be the first council in Wales to use this design concept for a comprehensive school building.
New sports pitches, including a first class 3G pitch, would be provided for school and community use, while parking and access to the site would also be considerably improved.
Councillor Chris Elmore, the Cabinet member for children’s services commented: “The creation of a learning community will enable us to transform the learning environment of children in Llantwit Major. The extra investment would ensure that the facilities available to the children, young people, and also the wider community, match the best in Wales. Our aim is to create a first class learning environment to ensure all pupils thrive and achieve their potential. I believe Llantwit Major deserves the very best education facilities and the new learning community would deliver this.”
If approved by Cabinet, a consultation on amalgamating the two primary schools will take place from December to February 2014. A consultation document will be provided to pupils, parents and all interested parties and those wishing to respond will be able to do so online, by post or via planned drop-in sessions. The results of the consultation will be considered by Cabinet before a decision is made on whether to proceed with the publication of a statutory notice.
Dr Vince Browne, headteacher of Llantwit Major Comprehensive School, and the chairman of the school’s governing body, Mr Derek Mutlow, agreed: “We are delighted at the news and very excited at the prospects for secondary education in the town given the fantastic nature of the facilities that students will enjoy and share with the wider Llantwit Major Community.”