£35million transformation set for Barry schools


Ysgol Bro MorgannwgPublished Thursday 12 February


A proposed £35million transformation of a number of schools in Barry will be considered by Vale of Glamorgan councillors on 23 February.


Proposals include the creation of a flagship English-medium mixed sex secondary school, comprising an upper and lower school building, onto the current site of Barry Comprehensive and Ysgol Bro Morgannwg.


The Vale’s Welsh-medium secondary school, along with its primary counterpart Ysgol Nant Talwg, would then be moved to the site of Bryn Hafren School, with a brand new primary school building installed on the site.


Public consultation in 2013 showed strong support from parents and young people for a co-educational school to replace the current single sex secondary schools. Following the consultation a feasibility study was carried out by a team including the chairs of governors and headteachers of both comprehensive schools.


Councillor Chris Elmore said: “We know that parents and young people want to see mixed education for all secondary aged children in Barry. I am greatly looking forward to talking about our plan for coeducational schooling for Barry with local residents and hearing their views on whether this option can transform the educational landscape of the town.”


The planned investment would see over £18m committed to improving in the new mixed comprehensive school buildings and nearly £17m spent on renovations and the creation of new buildings for Ysgol Bro Morgannwg if approved as part of Band B of the Welsh Government’s Twenty-first Century Schools programme.


Bryn Hafren SchoolCarole Tyley, Chair of Governors at Bryn Hafren, commented: “All of our pupils start their learning in mixed primary schools and after leaving Bryn Hafren most continue their learning in coeducational colleges and universities. We are one of the last single sex schools in the country and I think the time has come for a change.”


Kath Beaudette, Chair of Governors at Barry Comprehensive, added: “I welcome the development of proposals that will see major investment in school buildings in the town. With recent investment in secondary education in Cowbridge and Penarth and plans in place for Llantwit Major it is time that Barry’s children and young people also benefitted.