Work set to begin on new plan for future of Barry Schools
30 September 2015
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is set to begin work to draw up a new set of proposals for improving secondary schooling in Barry following consultation with parents and pupils.
The Vale Council announced in March that it was poised to make a multimillion pound investment into education in the town. An extensive public consultation exercise was then undertaken on initial proposals in May and June, the results of which will be reported to the Council’s cabinet on 05 October.
The results of the consultation show that there is considerable support for expanding the number of Welsh medium secondary school places in the Vale and for introducing mixed schooling for boys and girls in the town’s English medium schools.
However, the majority of those who responded to the consultation were also of the opinion that Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg should be expanded on its current site and that the creation of two new mixed English medium schools would be preferable to a larger single school.
In response to this the Council’s cabinet will be asked to give authority for a new plan for the transformation of education in Wales’ largest town to be prepared, based on the responses to the consultation.
Councillor Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Schools, said: “Our goal has always been to transform the way in which secondary education in Barry is delivered to ensure we are giving young people the best possible environment in which to learn. To do this we need to design a proposal based on the views and needs of those who will be at the heart of the new system.
“We sought the views of parents, pupils and staff so that we could refine our plans based on what we were told. We made clear that the responses that we received would be carefully considered before any decisions were taken on the next steps. This is exactly what we have done.
“The report that I will be taking to cabinet on 05 October will recommend that the Council does not proceed with the original proposal but instead establishes a new Barry Schools Transformation Board to carry out feasibility work on alternative options.”
The Barry Schools Transformation Programme is part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ongoing programme of school investment that has so far seen £101 million spent on improving school facilities across the county.
While the new proposals are being developed, the report also recommends a programme of works for Barry Comprehensive School is drawn up to make immediate improvements to the school’s buildings.