21st Century Schools LogoCentre for Learning and Wellbeing and Specialist Resource Base at Gladstone


Consultation on the proposal to transform specialist education within the Vale (phase i). 

 

Introduction to the proposal

On 9 July 2020, the Council’s Managing Director approved a strategy to transform special education in the Vale of Glamorgan to meet projected future demand and best meet the needs of our most vulnerable learners. The strategy identified three key areas:

  1. Establish a new Centre for Learning and Wellbeing (CL&W), which will replace Y Daith, the Council’s pupil referral unit (PRU);
  2. Establish specialist resource bases (SRB) in mainstream schools to ensure learners have access mainstream education; and
  3. Increase capacity of Ysgol Y Deri (YYD), the Council’s special school, to meet projected demand for special education.

The Managing Director authorised the Director of Learning & Skills to undertake a consultation from Monday 7 September 2020 to Sunday 18 October 2020 on a proposal to transform specialist education by;

  • establishing a SRB at Gladstone primary school as a satellite of YYD from September 2021;
  • discontinuing Y Daith and establishing a new CL&W under the management of YYD from September 2021; and
  • constructing a new building for the CL&W pupils on the Court Road Depot site in Barry from January 2023. 

Decision

On 8 February 2021, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet considered the objection report and all other relevant documentation and determined to approve the proposal. 

The proposal will mean discontinuing the Council’s current Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), Y Daith, and establishing a new Centre for Learning & Wellbeing under the management of Ysgol Y Deri. It will also establish a new Specialist Resource Base (SRB) at Gladstone primary school which will operate as a satellite of Ysgol Y Deri. 

The SRB at Gladstone Primary School has been trialled since September 2019. The base utilises areas within the existing school buildings. It is proposed that this is formally established from September 2021, continuing to use the existing facilities at Gladstone Primary School. 

The governing body of Ysgol Y Deri will work alongside the management committee of Y Daith to establish a transition plan which will include development of the staffing structure for the new Centre for Learning & Wellbeing ahead of September 2021. 

In addition, a new school building will be constructed on the Court Road Depot site in Barry for January 2023. Pupils and staff of the proposed Centre for Learning & Wellbeing will operate out of the current Y Daith buildings in Cowbridge and at Amelia Trust Farm in the interim.

 

Consultation Documentation

 

 

 

If you would like a hard copy of the reports, please contact a member of the 21st Century Schools Team at: 21stcenturyschools@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the intended timescale of development?

    It is intended that the proposal would be implemented by September 2021. Construction of the new school on the Court Road Depot site in Barry would commence by December 2021 and be completed by January 2023.  

  • How would potential transport implications be considered as part of this proposal? 

    The Council’s 21st Century Schools Team would be responsible for the build process. A contractor would be appointed and a full transport assessment would be undertaken as part of the design process. Any implications identified would be factored into the design of the new building. The contractor would submit a full planning application for the new building. 

  • Who would manage the construction of the new school building? 

    The Council’s 21st Century Schools Team would be responsible for managing the build process. A contractor would be appointed using the SEWSCAP framework. SEWSCAP is a construction framework used by 16 local authorities and provides pre-qualified and suitably experienced Contractors to deliver the 21st Century Schools Programme, and other public buildings, relating to both new build and refurbishment projects over £1.5 million. A programme of engagement would be devised to ensure all stakeholders are informed of progress and are able to feed into the design process. There would be regular meetings between the Council, contractor and school. 

     

  • How would we be involved throughout the design process? 

    A programme of engagement would be devised to ensure all stakeholders are informed of progress and are able to feed into the design process. There would be regular meetings between the Council, contractor and school. Any feedback or thoughts can be sent to the 21st Century Schools Team on: 21stcenturyschools@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk



 

Completed 21st Century Schools in the Vale of Glamorgan

21stC Schools - Oakfield
(Oak Field Primary School, 2015)

Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg Primary Building Indoor
(Ysgol Bro Morgannwg, 2014)


21stC Schools - Dewi Sant (hall2)
(Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant, 2015)


21stC Schools - Dewi Sant
(Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant, 2015)

 

Find out more about some of the 21st Century Schools built so far in the Vale of Glamorgan:

 

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