Secondary Education Advisory Board Update

Advisory Board Update BThe advisory board developing proposals for the future of secondary schools in Barry met for the fourth time on 26 April.

The members of the advisory board, who include representatives of Barry Comprehensive School, Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School and Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg  as well as representatives of primary schools and further and higher education, considered further feedback from recent engagement activity. The additional feedback included the views of Barry Youth Forum, a further 57 parent survey forms and from a meeting with trade union representatives.

The board considered forecasts of future pupil numbers to ensure there are enough places at Ysgol Bro Morgannwg and the two proposed English-medium schools over the next 15 years.

They also gave advice on the possible catchment areas for the two English-medium schools in order that both schools have pupils from a wide range of backgrounds.

Initial consideration was given to the requirements for specialist accommodation to ensure that all three schools are fully inclusive and can meet the needs of students who are more able and talented as well as those with a wide range of additional learning needs.

The board discussed an early report about transition arrangements. This included some information following a visit by three headteachers to a school in Aberdare which opened recently following the amalgamation of a girls school, a boys schools and a mixed school.

The advisory board will meet twice in May to discuss the admission arrangements and transition arrangements in more detail.

The recommendations of the Board will then be presented to the Council’s Cabinet on 6 and 20 June. At that time the Cabinet will decide whether or not to go ahead with further, formal consultation.

The discussions at the board meeting on 26 April represented another important step towards transforming secondary education in Barry.

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