21st Century Schools LogoAmalgamating Y Bont Faen Primary School and Cowbridge Comprehensive School


Consultation on the proposal to establish a new 2006 place 3 - 19 all through school, with 96 part-time nursery places, from September 2022 through amalgamating Y Bont Faen Primary School and Cowbridge Comprehensive School. 

 

Introduction to the proposal

On 4 November 2019, the Council’s Cabinet approved a phased approach to expanding primary provision in Cowbridge with an expansion of English medium provision being delivered as part of phase one and Welsh medium primary provision being expanded as part of phase two. This is as a result of pupil projections, indicating that existing English medium provision would not be able to meet demand from September 2020. Projections indicate that existing Welsh medium provision would be sufficient to meet demand over the next five years.

The Council is consulting on the proposal is to establish a new 2006 place 3 - 19 all through school, with 96 part-time nursery places, from September 2022 through amalgamating Y Bont Faen Primary School and Cowbridge Comprehensive School by:

  • changing the age range of Cowbridge Comprehensive School from 11 - 19 to 3 - 19;

  • increasing the capacity of Cowbridge Comprehensive School from to 1586 places to 2006 places to accommodate 420 English medium primary school places;

  • constructing a new school building on the Cowbridge Comprehensive School site to accommodate the primary and nursery phases; and

  • discontinuing Y Bont Faen Primary School.

 

This proposal would result in an additional 210 English medium primary school places in Cowbridge. The new school would also result in additional nursery places from 60 to 96 part time places.

 

This consultation gives you the opportunity to ask questions and make comments that will be considered when the Council’s Cabinet decides how to proceed. 

 

Reasons for the proposal

  • The Council must ensure that schools serve their local communities and are reflective of demand. There is a need to meet future demand from the new housing developments in Cowbridge. A new 420 place school building would accommodate the projected increase in English medium pupil numbers from the new development.

  • The current provision at Y Bont Faen is not fit for purpose; the building requires substantial investment to bring it up to 21st Century schools standards and some classrooms are not large enough to accommodate 30 pupils. The new building would meet BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent standards and be built to an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) A rating.

  • An amalgamation would create a consistent approach from foundation to 6th form phase in terms of school ethos and learning standards.

  

Finding out more

 

 

You can also attend a community and parent drop-in session. This is a good way to be able to get answers to any questions you many have about the proposals. You will still be required to submit your views in writing. 

Date/Time

Venue

27 November 2019
(9am – 10am / 
3.30pm – 4.30pm)

Cowbridge Comprehensive School, Aberthin Road, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7EN.

27 November 2019
(6pm – 8pm)

Y Bont Faen Primary School, Borough Close, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7BN.

28 November 2019

(8am – 9.30am / 2pm – 3pm)
Y Bont Faen Primary School, Borough Close, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7BN.

4 December 2019
(5pm – 7pm)

Cowbridge Comprehensive School, Aberthin Road, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7EN.

 

To learn more about the stages of the statutory consultation process, read our handy guide.

 

Responding to the consultation

The consultation period will run from 18 November 2019 to 10 January 2020

Your views are important, and there are a number of ways that you can respond to the consultation:

 

Complete the online response form:

Online response form 



 

 

Complete the consultation response form at the end of the consultation document and send to:

Freepost RTGU-JGBH-YYJZ

Cowbridge Primary Provision Consultation

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Civic Offices

Holton Road

Barry

CF63 4RU

 

 

All responses submitted by 10 January 2020 will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet before it decides whether or not to publish a statutory notice.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What would the proposal mean for children currently attending Y Bont Faen and Cowbridge Comprehensive? Would my child be offered a place at the amalgamated school?

    All children attending Y Bont Faen and Cowbridge Comprehensive at the time of amalgamation would be guaranteed a place at the amalgamated school.

  • What would the admission arrangements be for the 3-19 all through school?

    The Vale of Glamorgan Council is the admission authority for the schools. Admission arrangements to the amalgamated school for the primary phase would remain unchanged as a result of this proposal. However, the admission number would be increased from 30 to 60 pupils. At secondary phase pupils would naturally transfer from year 6 to year 7 without applying for a place. 

  • Would this proposal impact on secondary admissions for Cowbridge Comprehensive School? 

    As outlined above, pupils from the primary phase of the all-through school would naturally transfer from year 6 to year 7 without applying for a place. The existing capacity of Cowbridge Comprehensive School is deemed suitable to meet the increased demand for secondary education within the catchment area. Even though Cowbridge Comprehensive School is regularly oversubscribed, the school attracts a large number of applications from outside the catchment area. In September 2019, only 151 (63%) of the 240 pupils allocated a place were from within the catchment area. Of the 1,539 pupils currently on roll at Cowbridge Comprehensive School, only 960 (62%) reside within the catchment area. This means 579 (38%) pupils on roll currently reside outside the school’s catchment area. Therefore, this proposal would result in a more efficient supply and demand of secondary school places within the Cowbridge Comprehensive School catchment area. 

  • What options are available for parents wanting Welsh medium education?  

    There are a number of Welsh-medium primary schools serving the Western Vale, including Ysgol Iolo Morganwg and Ysgol Dewi Sant. Existing Welsh medium primary provision is sufficient to meet anticipated demand for Welsh medium education in this area over the next 5 years. On 4 November 2019 the Council’s Cabinet approved a phased approach to expanding primary provision in Cowbridge with English medium capacity being addressed as part of phase one and Welsh medium capacity being addressed as part of phase two. To ensure continuity across key stages, it is proposed that the English medium expansion would be delivered on the Cowbridge Comprehensive School site whilst the Welsh medium expansion would be delivered utilising the 2-hectare site on Darren Farm.

  • 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 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.

    It is intended that construction of the new school would commence by January 2021 and be completed by September 2022. Staff and pupils would transfer by September 2022.


    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

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Further information can be found in the consultation document

 

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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