Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 20TH JANUARY 2014
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 18 NOVEMBER 2013
C2081 LLANTWIT LEARNING COMMUNITY: PROPOSAL TO INVEST IN NEW PRIMARY PROVISION (CS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) –
The Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development declared an interest in this item as a Local Education Authority Appointed Governor at Llantwit Major Comprehensive School.
Approval was sought to consult stakeholders on the proposal to create a new 420 place primary school as part of the Llantwit Learning Community and amalgamate Eagleswell and Llanilltud Fawr Primary Schools.
The aim of the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme was as follows:
- Learning environments for children and young people in Wales aged from 3-19 that would enable the successful implementation of strategies for school improvement and better educational outcomes;
- A sustainable education system through better use of resources to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the education estate which enhances local public service provision; and
- A 21st century schools standard for all schools in Wales which also reduces the recurrent costs, energy consumption and carbon emissions.
In response to the 21st Century Schools initiative the Council was required to submit a 21st Century Schools Strategic Outline Programme (SOP) to the Welsh Government in October 2010 which set out the councils plans for meeting the aims of the programme up to 2020/21. The plans included the Llantwit Learning Community comprising a new 1,050 place Llantwit Major Comprehensive School, a new 420 place English medium school formed from the amalgamation of Eagleswell and Llanilltud Fawr primary schools and a 210 place Welsh Medium school to expand Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant. Whilst these schools would retain separate identities they would be co-located and benefit from the use of shared facilities.
Currently there were three primary schools in Llantwit Major that served the town and surrounding area. St Illtyd's Primary School had 379 places and was situated near to the centre of Llantwit Major. Llanilltud Fawr Primary School which had 210 places was located next to the comprehensive school on Ham Lane East. Eagleswell Primary, a 210 place school, was situated in the centre of a housing estate to the north of Llantwit Major.
Data taken from the January 2013 Pupil Level Annual School Census showed a high degree of movement between the catchment areas of the primary schools in Llantwit Major and the surrounding area. The data for Llanilltud Fawr and Eagleswell outlined in Appendix A attached to the report showed a large percentage of children living in the catchment areas of Llanilltud Fawr and Eagleswell attend schools outside of the catchment area (67% Eagleswell, 50% Llanilltud Fawr). The data also showed movement between the two catchment areas with 45 children attending Llanilltud Fawr from the Eagleswell catchment area and 8 attending Eagleswell from the Llanilltud Fawr catchment area.
The report oultlined that the favoured option was for the construction of an amalgamated 420 place school built on the existing Llanilltud Fawr Primary/Llantwit Major Comprehensive sites. The provision of a new primary school would be part of a wider scheme including the comprehensive school which would be let as one contract. The report outlined that, £12,476,000 was built in to the current capital programme for the refurbishment and remodelling of Llantwit Major Comprehensive School between 2015/16 - 2017/18. The new scheme would include an enhanced option for Llantwit Major Comprehensive School as outlined in paragraph 15 of the report thus recreating the vision of the earlier Llantwit Learning Community scheme.
The enhanced £15,000,000 Llantwit Major Comprehensive School Scheme would include the refurbishment of the main school building to a high standard and replacement of all the remaining buildings with one new building using a pattern book design as has been used for Ysgol Nant Talwg in Barry.
A reinstated Llantwit Learning Community would enable the schools and the community to access a wide range of new facilities. Pupils would be educated in high quality modern buildings. The improved learning environment would support the successful implementation of strategies for school improvement and better educational outcomes.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T it be agreed to create a Llantwit Learning Community delivering major investment in Llantwit Major Comprehensive School and a new 420 place primary school on the adjacent site created from the amalgamation of Eagleswell and Llanilltud Fawr primary schools.
(2) T H A T a consultation exercise takes place from 16th December 2013 for a period of 8 weeks on a proposal to create a new 420 place primary school as part of the Llantwit Learning Community and amalgamate Eagleswell and Llanilltud Fawr primary schools.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) and then Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) as the lead Scrutiny Committee, for consideration as part of the consultation process.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To further improve educational attainment in Llantwit Major for children and young people and the community.
(2) To assess the level of support for the development of the proposed Llantwit Learning Community to include primary provision by creating a new 420 place primary school from the amalgamation of Eagleswell and Llanilltud Fawr Primary Schools.
(3) The Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) is aware of progress with school reorganisation.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 18 NOVEMBER 2013