Expanding Ysgol Iolo Morganwg
CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSAL TO INCREASE CAPACITY FOR WELSH MEDIUM EDUCATION BY EXPANDING YSGOL IOLO MORGANWG FROM 210 PLACES TO 420 PLACES FROM SEPTEMBER 2025.
Introduction to the proposal
The proposal is to expand Ysgol Iolo Morganwg from 210 places to 420 places from September 2025. Additionally the proposal also includes increasing nursery provision to 96 part time places and an adult education and Welsh language immersion centre for primary school aged pupils from 7 years old and above, as well as offering Adult and Community Learning Programs after school hours.
The proposal would mean constructing a new 420 place primary school building on the Section 106 land within the ‘Land to the north and west of Darren Close’ housing development. Upon completion of the building, Ysgol Iolo Morganwg would transfer to the new site. This would provide an additional 210 Welsh medium primary places and 30 nursery places. This would support growth in Welsh medium primary education, supporting the Council’s WESP and Welsh Governments ‘Cymraeg 2050’ strategy.
To support Welsh medium expansion within Cowbridge and across the Vale, an additional facility would be established onsite to support adult education and immersion for late learners (primary aged pupils 7+ year olds) to Welsh medium education.
The Council is consulting on expanding Ysgol Iolo Morganwg. Although the transferring of the school to the new building is included as part of this consultation document, this is not subject to the statutory process as the transfer would be within 1 mile.
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.
Expanding Ysgol Iolo Morgannwg consultation document
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, as well as the increased demand for Welsh medium education.
A new 420 place school building would accommodate the projected increase in pupil numbers from surrounding new developments.
The increased capacity would also accommodate the projected increase in parents choosing Welsh medium education.
Ysgol Iolo Morganwg comprises a main Victorian school building, dining block and 3 storage units constructed between 1900 – 1920. Three demountable units were installed between 2002 – 2010. The school is on a very confined sloping site with no prospect of substantially increasing the site to meet modern standards.
Irregular sized classrooms resulting in different sizes throughout year groups rather than following a standard classroom size.
It is not possible to replace the school with a new build at its current location due to restricted outside space.
Responding to the consultation
The consultation period will run from 27 February 2023 to 11 April 2023.
Your views are important to us, and there are a number of ways that you can respond to the consultation:
All responses given to us in writing by 11 April 2023 will be considered by Cabinet before it decides whether or not to publish a statutory notice.
On 25 May 2023, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet considered the consultation response report and all other relevant documentation and determined to proceed to the publication of a statutory notice on the proposal.
The proposal would result in a new 420 place primary school building on the Section 106 land within the ‘Land to the north and west of Darren Close’ housing development from September 2025. Upon completion of the building, Ysgol Iolo Morganwg would transfer to the new site. This would provide an additional 210 Welsh medium primary places and 30 nursery places. This would support growth in Welsh medium primary education, supporting the Council’s WESP and Welsh Governments ‘Cymraeg 2050’ strategy.
Publication of Statutory Notice to expand Ysgol Iolo Morganwg
The Councils’ Cabinet have agreed to publish a statutory notice to expand Ysgol Iolo Morganwg.
The statutory notice and letter are available to download. Hard copies of the notice are available on request by contacting the Learning and Skills Directorate 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 Monday 24 July 2023.
On 7 September 2023, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet approved the proposal to expand Ysgol Iolo Morganwg from 210 places to 420 places from September 2025. As a result a new building for Ysgol Iolo Morganwg will be built on the Darren Farm Site Development with capacity for 420 pupils and the school will move in from 1 September 2025.
All consultation material including the Decision letter can be viewed below:
If you would like a hard copy of the reports, please contact a member of the Sustainable Communities for Learning Team at: email@example.com
Finding out more
You can download a copy of the consultation document, community impact assessment and letter detailing the proposal.
You can also attend a drop-in session and speak to us in person:
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Community drop in session
28 March 2023, 2.30pm – 6pm
Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Broadway, Cowbridge, CF71 7ER
Parents and Community drop in session
30March 2023, 8.30am – 9.30am 3pm – 4pm
Ysgol Iolo Morganwg, Broadway, Cowbridge, CF71 7ER
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.
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