Agenda Item No. 10
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2013
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 15TH JULY, 2013
C1402 CO EDUCATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOL PROVISION IN BARRY (CS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) –
Approval was sought to consult stakeholders on the principle of working with the governing bodies of Barry and Bryn Hafren comprehensive schools to develop detailed proposals for a co-educational secondary school in Barry on the current school sites.
In recent years feedback from parents to the Council's Admissions Team and comments received directly from schools suggests that a number of parents no longer favoured single sex education for their children. Some parents were choosing Welsh medium primary school education in order to access co-educational secondary provision in Barry whilst others were opting for co-educational secondary schools outside of Barry, often sending their children to the appropriate feeder primary schools to guarantee a place at their preferred secondary school.
A report of the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee School Places Review Task and Finish Group considered by Cabinet on 4th February 2013 (Cabinet minute no C1209 refers) recommended that Cabinet investigate the amalgamation of Barry and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive Schools into a single co-educational school.
Consultation on the principle of working with the governing bodies of Barry and Bryn Hafren comprehensive schools, to develop detailed proposals for a co-educational secondary school in Barry, would be carried out over a period of 8 weeks commencing in September 2013. The consultation process would include the publication of proposals on-line as well as face to face drop in sessions which would be publicised in due course. The views of parents, pupils, governors, employees and the wider community would be sought.
The report outlined that the results of consultation would be reported back to Cabinet with a recommendation as to whether detailed feasibility work with the governing bodies of Barry and Bryn Hafren should be undertaken.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T consultation from September 2013 for a period of 8 weeks on the principle of working with the governing bodies of Barry and Bryn Hafren comprehensive schools to develop detailed proposals for a co-educational secondary school in Barry on the current school sites be approved.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To assess the level of support from the community for developing proposals with the governing bodies of Barry and Bryn Hafren comprehensive schools for a co-educational secondary school on the current sites of the two schools prior to undertaking detailed feasibility work to further develop such a proposal. Detailed proposals were most likely to meet the needs of the children and young people of Barry if they were developed with the full engagement of stakeholders, in an open and transparent manner and were underpinned by public support. Any proposals developed would be the subject of a second consultation.
(2) To keep the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee informed of progress when consulting on the school organisation proposals.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 15 July 2013