21st Century Schools LogoExpanding Primary Provision in Cowbridge (phase i)
Consultation on the proposal to meet the increased demand for English medium primary education in Cowbridge from September 2022.
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 to meet increased demand as a result of recent and proposed housing developments.
The Council considered a range of sites to deliver both phases; with the Cowbridge Comprehensive Site being identified as the preferred site for the English-medium expansion and the Darren Farm site for the Welsh-medium expansion.
The Council previously consulted on a proposal to increase English-medium primary capacity by establishing a 3-19 all-through school on the Cowbridge Comprehensive School site to accommodate 420 primary places with an additional 96 part time nursery places. This would have resulted in the existing Y Bont Faen Primary School being discontinued, with all staff and pupils transferring to the all-through school.
The Council notes the concerns raised by staff, governors, parents and members of the community to the previous proposal and as such has fully explored the alternative approaches available to deliver the required capacity.
The Council has identified an alternative approach that would meet future demand for English-medium primary education, whilst also addressing a number of concerns submitted as part of the consultation exercise.
On 9 March 2020, the Council’s Cabinet authorised the Director of Learning & Skills to undertake a consultation on a revised proposal to meet the increased demand for English medium primary education in Cowbridge from September 2022 by;
- Changing the age range of Cowbridge Comprehensive School from 11 - 19 to 3 - 19;
- Increasing the capacity of Cowbridge Comprehensive School from to 1,586 places to 1,796 places to accommodate 210 English medium primary school places with an additional 48 part-time nursery places; and
- Constructing a new school building on the Cowbridge Comprehensive School site to accommodate the primary and nursery places.
Y Bont Faen Primary School would no longer be subject to this proposal and would remain on its existing site with its existing capacity.
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.
To learn more about the stages of the statutory consultation process, read our handy guide.
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Public drop in sessions were arranged to support the consultation. However, in light of the most recent advice regarding the ongoing COVID-19 virus, the Council has decided to cancel these events. As these sessions are not a requirement of the School Organisation Code 2018, the Council considered these to pose an unnecessary risk to staff, pupils and members of the community.
Should you have any queries throughout the consultation period, you can contact a member of the 21st Century Schools Team using the contact details outlined below:
The frequently asked questions section will also be updated throughout the consultation to reflect queries raised.
Give Your Views
The consultation period will run from 16 March 2020.
Cowbridge Comprehensive School have advised the Council that it will be suspending all formal education from 23 March 2020 due to implications associated with the ongoing COVID-19 virus. The consultation will remain open during this period and consultees will be able to submit feedback using the online form or the response form contained at the end of the consultation document. However, the end date of the consultation will be extended when further information is available regarding the re-opening of Cowbridge Comprehensive School. The consultation will not currently have an end date.
Your views are important, and there are a number of ways that you can respond to the consultation:
Cowbridge Primary Provision Consultation
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Frequently Asked Questions
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21stC Schools - Dewi Sant
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