Proposal to establish new English medium mixed-sex secondary schools in Barry
The Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet have agreed to publish a statutory notice to establish two new English medium mixed-sex secondary schools in Barry.
A copy of the notice can be found on these links.
The main points of the report state:
1 – Discontinue the following English medium community single sex 11 – 18 schools currently maintained by The Vale of Glamorgan Council:
Barry Comprehensive school, Port Road West, Barry CF62 8ZJ
Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School, Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry CF62 9YQ
2 – Establish two new mixed sex 11 – 18 English medium community schools on the current sites of Barry Comprehensive, Port Road West, Barry CF62 8ZJ and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive schools Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry CF62 9YQ to be maintained by The Vale of Glamorgan Council
3. Establish a joint sixth form, provided across both schools
The Vale of Glamorgan Council undertook a period of consultation before deciding to publish this proposal. A consultation report containing a summary of the issues raised by consultees, the proposer’s responses and the views of Estyn is available to view on The Vale of Glamorgan website at the following address www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/barryschools
It is proposed to implement the proposal on 1 st September 2018. The new schools will be community schools. Also, it is proposed that parents of pupils in years 7 to 10 will be asked to express a preference for a place at one of the new schools. Pupils entering year 11 will remain in their existing classes and will be registered at the school that opens on the site of their existing school. Pupils entering year 12 will choose their Post 16 options in the spring of 2018 and will attend the school that offers their course from September 2018. Pupils moving into year 13 will remain in their current class.
New school catchment areas will be established for the new schools. The catchment areas are available to view online at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/barryschools or at the Learning and Skills Directorate, Provincial house, Kendrick road, Barry CF62 8BF.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council will be the admission authority. Admissions to the sixth form will be delegated to the governing body of both schools. The admission number for pupils entering year 7 aged 11/12 at both the new schools in September 2018, the first school year in which the proposals will be implemented, will be 180. The admission number for pupils entering the joint sixth form in September 2018 at year 12 aged 16/17 will be 200. Admission arrangements for years 7 to 11 do not make provision for selection by ability (pupil banding). The requirement for entry to the joint sixth form courses is five grade C GCSE passes or equivalent. The capacity of both schools will provide for 1,100 secondary school places on each school site. The All Wales Learner travel arrangements provide eligibility for school transport if pupils reside beyond walking distance to their nearest or designated catchment area school.
Walking distance is defined as two miles for primary age and three miles for secondary age, as measured by the
nearest available route. The Vale of Glamorgan provides transport in accordance with the above. As
a result of the changes to the school catchment areas, a review of pupil’s eligibility will be undertaken.
Within a period of 28 days after the date of publication of these proposals, that is to say by 31 January 2017 any person may object to the proposals. Objections should be sent to Paula Ham, Interim Director of Learning and Skills, The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Provincial House, Kendrick Road, Barry CF62 8BF or e-mail JMJones@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk