Date set for schools transformation consultation
Published 25 February 2015
Consultation with parents, pupils and staff on a plan to invest £35m in transforming secondary education in the Vale will commence on 11 May 2015.
The proposed changes would see Barry’s two single-sex comprehensive schools merged into a single mixed school, while the Vale’s Welsh-medium comprehensive school, Ysgol Bro Morgannwg, would be expanded to allow it to accommodate the increasing demand for Welsh-medium education.
If approved following consultation, the schools transformation project will see the Vale of Glamorgan Council invest around £18m on establishing the new 2400 place mixed-sex school on the current site of Barry Comprehensive School, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg and Ysgol Gymraeg Nant Talwg. More than £17m will then be spent on upgrading the current Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School site to provide a first class learning environment for an expanded Ysgol Bro Morgannwg and Ysgol Nant Talwg both of which will then transfer to the new Welsh medium campus.
Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Schools, explained the rationale for the proposed changes: “In autumn 2013 we consulted pupils and parents at Barry and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive schools and they told us they wanted to see a change to mixed schooling. Following this we set about developing a plan to introduce coeducational schooling for Barry.
“During the course of that work it became apparent that the merger of these two schools would also provide the opportunity to expand Ysgol Bro Morgannwg and allow the school to meet the increasing demand for Welsh medium education in the Vale – something that we as a local authority have a legal obligation to provide for.
“The plan that we have developed allows for a transformation of secondary education in Barry and will provide the town with first class English and Welsh medium schools.”
Parents, pupils, staff and all other key stakeholders will have the opportunity to have their say on the proposals during the eight week consultation period. Full details of how they can do so will be released ahead of the consultation.