21st Century Schools LogoWhitmore High School Specialist Resource Base

Consultation on the proposal to transform specialist education within the Vale (phase ii). 

 

Introduction to the proposal

On 9 July 2020, the Council’s Managing Director approved a strategy to transform special education in the Vale of Glamorgan to meet projected future demand and best meet the needs of our most vulnerable learners. The strategy identified three key areas:

 

  1. Establish a new Centre for Learning and Wellbeing (CL&W), which will replace Y Daith, the Council’s pupil referral unit (PRU);
  2. Establish specialist resource bases (SRB) in mainstream schools to ensure learners have access mainstream education; and
  3. Increase capacity of Ysgol Y Deri (YYD), the Council’s special school, to meet projected demand for special education.

The Managing Director authorised the Director of Learning & Skills to undertake a consultation from Monday 5 October 2020 to Friday 20 November 2020 on a proposal to establish a specialist resource base at Whitmore High School.

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

 

Decision 

On 8 March 2021, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet considered all relevant documentation and determined to approve the proposal.

The proposal will mean specialist educational provision would be established at Whitmore High School for Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) pupils.

A new build is currently being constructed for Whitmore High School on its existing site. An area of the building has been allocated for a specialist resource base. It is proposed that this would focus on pupils with ASC. The base would be managed by the headteacher and governing body of Whitmore High School. The area has been designed to accommodate up to 20 learners. It is proposed that the base is established from September 2021.


Find out more 

 

If you would like a hard copy of the reports, please contact a member of the 21st Century Schools Team at: 21stcenturyschools@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the intended timescale of development?

    The new school building at WHS is due to be completed for September 2021. 

  • How would pupils be allocated a place at the SRB?

    The Council would allocate pupils to the SRB in conjunction with the leadership of WHS. 1This would be based on an assessment of the individual needs of the pupils.

  • Who would manage and support learners attending the SRB?

    WHS would receive additional funding for the SRB to ensure the appropriate support is available. The school would appoint a leader to manage the SRB with additional staff appointed to support individual learners. The purpose of the SRB is to provide additional support to pupils to ensure they can access mainstream education.

     

  • 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 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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