Council considers new primary school for Dinas Powys


Published Thursday 01 May 2014


The Vale of Glamorgan Council will begin consultation in June to create a new primary school for Dinas Powys by merging Dinas Powys Infants School and Murch Junior School.


The move would see Murch Junior School discontinued, and a new single phase primary school instated across the two sites under a single Governing Body and Head Teacher.


The proposal has been prompted by the Murch Junior School Head Teacher’s decision to retire at the end of this academic year.


Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Moving from separate infant and junior schools to a single phase primary school brings a number of benefits for school pupils. One of the main reasons for the move to primary schools over the past 30 years has been the smoother transition for pupils moving from the infant to junior phase.


While I would never have wanted to lose a member of staff of Derek Thomas’s calibre, his decision to retire has presented us with the opportunity merge these two good schools and improve the educational opportunities for all of their pupils.”


Currently pupils attend Dinas Powys Infants School until Year 2, after which they are automatically transferred to Murch Junior School. The new proposal would see the two sites run as one single phase primary school, catering for pupils up to the age of eleven when they leave for secondary school.


Cllr Elmore said: “The most recent inspection of Dinas Powys Infants in March 2013 judged the school's current performance to be excellent and prospects for improvement to be good. The inspection confirmed that leadership was good and that ‘the head teacher provides very strong and well informed leadership’. With this in mind I am confident that an amalgamated school will continue to deliver high standards.”


The consultation will commence on 2 June 2014 and will last for around 8 weeks.