21st Century Schools LogoExpanding 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 Council proposes 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.

 

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.


Read the consultation document

 

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.

 

Responding to the consultation

The consultation period will run from 18 March 2019 to 3 May 2019. 


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

Freepost RTGU-JGBH-YYJZ

St Nicholas CIW Primary Consultation

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Civic Offices

Holton Road

Barry

CF63 4RU

 

All responses submitted in writing by 3 May 2019 will be considered by Cabinet before it decides whether or not to publish a statutory notice.

 

Finding out more

You can download a copy of the consultation document, community impact assessmentand letter detailing the proposal.


You can also attend a drop-in session and speak to us in person:

Nature of sessionDate / TimeLocation
Parent and community drop-in session

Thursday 4 April 2019

8.45am - 9.45am / 3pm – 4pm

St Nicholas CIW Primary School, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan. CF5 6SG
Parent and community drop-in session Monday 8 April 2019
4pm – 6.30pm
St Nicholas CIW Primary School, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan. CF5 6SG

 

This is a good way to be able to get answers to any questions you many have about the proposals. We will still ask that you complete a consultation response form, as we can only accept views in writing. 

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

 

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: 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 Gymraeg 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 the 21st Century Schools built so far in the Vale of Glamorgan and our upcoming or proposed projects by visiting the main webpage.

 

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