21st Century Schools
Update on 21st Century Schools Strategic Outline
In March 2010 the Welsh Government launched
the 21st Schools Programme to support large scale
capital building projects across Wales with the aim of enhancing
school buildings to meet 21st century educational needs.
Projects would receive up to 70% grant funding across four three
year bands starting in April 2012. A Strategic
Outline Programme was submitted to the Welsh Government in
December 2010 setting the context for development of schools in the
Vale from 2012 to 2023.
Due to reduced levels of capital funding
available to the Welsh Government, in July 2011 it was announced
that Local Authorities would be required to fund 50% of the capital
costs required to meet the proposed 21st century schools
programme. In addition the start date of the programme was deferred
to April 2014 and the first band of funding extended to six years.
The priorities of the revised programme are to reduce the number of
surplus school places and to improve building stock that is in a
The Vale of Glamorgan Council submitted a
revised Strategic Outline Programme in November 2011 in line with
the revised priorities and the increased level of funding required
from Local Authorities. The Welsh Government confirmed in December
that the full programme submitted by the Vale had been approved in
principle subject to final approval of the business case to be
submitted for each project when requested by the Welsh
The revised 21st Century Schools
Outline Programme includes four projects:
- Completion of Ysgol Nant Talwg to meet increased parental
demand for Welsh-medium primary education in Barry.
- Completion of Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant to meet increased
parental demand for Welsh-medium primary education in Llantwit
- Remodelling of Llantwit Major Comprehensive school to resolve
existing car parking and bus drop off problems, renew or upgrade
external cladding and roofing to three buildings, internal redesign
of four buildings to meet curriculum needs, upgrading of heating,
ventilation and electrical systems to meet current needs,
improvements to energy efficiency to reduce CO2
emissions arising from the use of the buildings, enhanced sporting
facilities and site wide adaptations to improve disabled access.
This project is to be completed in two phases.
- Remodel two primary schools in the Barry cluster and reorganise
schools to reduce surplus capacity and increase welsh medium
provision to meet continued increasing parental demand.
For more details on the revised 21st Century Schools
Strategic Outline Programme please contact Mark Haynes, School
Organisation and Access Manager (Tel. 01446 709373).
School Investment Programme
To consolidate the recent history of Welsh
Government and Vale of Glamorgan Council funding in schools and the
planned capital investment for large scale new build / remodelling
projects in to a single document the School
Investment Programme has been developed. The document
highlights the major projects already completed within the
programme and the evolving funding streams available to the
Vale of Glamorgan Council to undertake major capital projects
culminating in the proposed 21st Century schools
programme, due to start in 2014 with the Band A schemes listed