Expanding St Nicholas Church in Wales Primary School
Consultation on the proposal to expand expand St Nicholas Church in Wales Primary School from 126 places to 210 places to meet future demand for Church in Wales education, and change the lowest age range of pupils at the school from 4 to 3, to consist of the addition of a nursery class containing 48 part time places from September 2021.
Introduction to the proposal
The proposal is to change the lowest age range of St Nicholas CIW Primary School from 4 to 3 to include 48 part time nursery places and expand the school from 126 places to 210 places from September 2021.
A new 210 place school for St Nicholas CIW Primary School has been included as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s 21st Century Schools programme. It is proposed that the new school would be built on the existing site, with all staff and pupils transferring to the new building by September 2021.
Reasons for the proposal
There is a need to meet future demand from the new housing developments in the Vale, as well as improve the educational facilities at St Nicholas CIW Primary School.
A number of large scale housing developments are planned for the Vale of Glamorgan area requiring additional school places. Increasing the number of school places at St Nicholas CIW Primary School from 126 to 210 offers a more efficient and sustainable model than opening an additional 210 place Church in Wales school.
The school is split over two sites with reception pupils having to walk to the nearby church hall following morning assembly. There is no path along this stretch of road making it unsafe for young pupils.
The classrooms are of an uneven size making it difficult to meet the needs of the curriculum for the current number of pupils attending the school or to meet increasing demand from new developments.
It would not be possible to refurbish teaching areas to fully meet 21st century standards.
By replacing the school with a new build at its current site, pupils would be educated in a high quality modern building supporting the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.
Finding out more
The consultation period ran from 18 March 2019 to 3 May 2019. You can download a copy of the consultation document, community impact assessment, and letter detailing the proposal.
To learn more about the stages of the statutory consultation process, read our handy guide.
The Governing Body of St Nicholas CIW Primary is grateful to everyone who took the time to consider the proposal and to those who let us know their views. All comments were considered by the Governing Body on 23 May 2019.
The consultation report, letter and revised community impact assessment are available to download. Hard copies of the report are available on request by contacting the school below.
Publication of Statutory Notice to expand St Nicholas CIW Primary School
The Governing Body of St Nicholas CIW Primary have agreed to publish a statutory notice to expand St Nicholas CIW Primary School and to extend the age range from 4-11 to 3-11.
The statutory notice and letter are available to download. Hard copies of the notice are available on request by contacting the school at the Contact Details below.
In accordance with section 49 of ‘the Act’, any person may object to the proposal before the end of 28 days beginning with the day on which the proposals were published, that is to say by Wednesday 24 July 2019.
On 12 August 2019 the governing body of St Nicholas CIW Primary School agreed to publish the objection report regarding the expansion of St Nicholas CIW Primary School from 126 places to 210 places and to change the age range from 4-11 to 3-11 from September 2021. In accordance with the School Organisation Code, all documentation has now been issued to the Local Authority for final determination.
On 23 September 2019, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet approved the proposal to expand St Nicholas CIW Primary from 126 places to 210 places and to change the age range from 4-11 to 3-11 from September 2021. The consultation has been undertaken on the proposed regulated alterations to alter the age range of the school and increase the capacity under section 2.3 of the School Organisation Code.
The decision letter and the objection report are available to download or hard copies are available on request by contacting the Learning and Skills Directorate, see contact details below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the intended timescale for the development of the new school building?
Building work is likely to commence from July 2020. It is proposed that the new school would be open for September 2021.
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.
Would the construction of the new school result in disruption for staff, pupils and local residents?
It is proposed that the new school building is built on the existing site which would result in some disruption for staff, pupils and local residents during the construction phase. The school would work closely with the Council’s 21st Century Schools Team to limit disruption through restricting delivery times and working collaboratively with the site manager.
Would contingency arrangements be put in place during the construction of the new school to ensure pupils are able to access outdoor space?
As the proposed new build would be built on the existing site, the school would lose outside space during the construction phase. During this time, the school would work closely with the 21st Century Schools team to ensure pupils have access to sufficient outside space and the curriculum is not compromised. The school would work closely with the construction team to ensure pupils are involved throughout the process and the curriculum is enhanced through regular site visits.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed 21st Century Schools in the Vale of Glamorgan
(Oak Field Primary School, 2015)
(Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, 2014)
(Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant, 2015)
(Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant, 2015)
Find out more about the 21st Century Schools built so far in the Vale of Glamorgan and our upcoming or proposed projects by visiting the main webpage.