Progress towards a mixed comprehensive school continues


Published 24 June 2014


Progress towards a single mixed sex secondary school for Barry is continuing at pace and a report on the next steps could be tabled as soon as the autumn.


A programme board chaired by Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet member for Children’s Services, has been working to develop detailed proposals for co-educational schooling in Barry since December 2013.


This programme board which includes the chairs of governors and headteachers of both Barry Comprehensive and Bryn Hafren schools, the chair of the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee, and officers from the Learning and Skills department of the Vale of Glamorgan Council has met on seven occasions to date and each meeting has proved very productive.


Cllr Chris Elmore said: “The results of the consultation last year told us that pupils and parents in Barry strongly supported a switch to coeducational schooling. Since then Council officers have been working with representatives of the schools to put together a plan by which we can make this happen.


The programme board has made good progress in its work to date to develop options for the future and I hope to be able to present a report to Cabinet in the autumn.  This report will recommend the next steps that we propose to take to establish co-educational provision in the town.”