To establish a New Welsh-medium Primary School in the Tredegar/Sirhowy Valley via a Seedling/Growth Model

Overview

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is committed to providing all children and young people with high quality education, which is tailored to meet their needs, develop their potential, extend aspirations, promote social inclusion and contribute to the economic regeneration of the area.  The Council has invested heavily in the 21st Century School Programme to improve school buildings over the last 10 years. The Council also recognises the importance of having modern and fit for purpose buildings that meet the needs of modern day education.

Blaenau Gwent is the only Council in Wales with only one Welsh-medium primary school. Therefore, an ambitious business case was developed seeking to secure additionality at primary level, aligned to latent demand for Welsh-medium primary school places, particularly within the Tredegar/Sirhowy valley. The Council has received confirmation that £6million had been allocated to provide additional Welsh-medium primary provision. Blaenau Gwent secured an additional £200,000 via the Welsh Government Childcare Capital Grant, to create additional Welsh-medium education and childcare provision within the area. 

The Councils Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2017-20 advocates and sets out key targets and outcomes aligned to the growth and development of Welsh-medium education, childcare, and ultimately the Welsh language locally.   

The Proposal

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council proposes to develop a new 210 place Welsh-medium Primary School in the Tredegar/Sirhowy Valley. The proposal seeks to develop the school building on the preferred Chartist Way site (see below) as a seedling/growth model, whereby the childcare facility, nursery and reception year groups would come in effect from September 2023, with approximately 28 childcare places, 24 nursery and 24 reception places. The school would grow thereafter year on year. By 2029 the school will be fully established, with all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 operational. It is also proposed that the school will have co-located childcare provision.

Consultation

The consultation document and associated process, will provide consultees and interested parties with the opportunity to learn more about, understand and express their views on the Council’s proposal, which will inform the final decision on how the proposal is taken forward.

The consultation period for this proposal will commence on Thursday 17th December 2020 and conclude on Friday 29th January 2021.

Consultees can submit their views on the proposal, however, it should be noted that responses received during this period will not be logged as objection. Should the proposal proceed, and a consultee wish to make an objection, they will need to do so in writing during the statutory notice period.

The Council would like you to consider the information set out in the consultation booklet and provide your views on the proposal.

If you have any questions or queries on the information contained within this document, please contact us either by using the email address 21stcenturyschools@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk, or by calling us on (01495) 355470.

Consultation Outcome and Next Steps

Consultation Report

A Consultation Out-turn Report to the Council’s Executive Committee will be produced in February 2021. The report will be available 2 weeks before a decision is made via the Council’s website before the decision is made to or not to proceed with the proposal. Hard copies can be obtained on request from the email address detailed above.

Statutory Notice

Should this proposal be approved at Executive Committee, the Council will then go out to statutory notice in March 2021. This will run for 28 days, during this period, you will be able to object via the email address provided in this consultation booklet. Should the proposal proceed, a copy of the Statutory Notice will be displayed on the Council’s website and at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Helyg. Hard copies of the statutory notice will be available on request.

Determination of Proposal

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council will determine the proposal based upon the objections that will be collated post Statutory Notice Period in April 2021.  This may lead to the approval, rejection or approval for the proposal with modifications.

Decision Notification

Once the decision has been approved, an electronic copy of determination will be sent out to all interested parties and published on Blaenau Gwent’s County Borough Council’s website within 7 days of the decision April 2021.

All Enquiries

If you have any questions or queries on the information contained within this document, please contact us either by using the email address below, or by calling us on (01495) 355470.

You are also welcome to complete the on line survey using the following link:
https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=160804430159

All consultation responses should be received by 5pm on Friday 29th January 2021 at the latest.

Associated Documents

Contact Us

Education Transformation Team
Tel Number: 01495 355470
Address:  Education Department, Floor 8 Anvil Court, Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent NP13 1DP
Email Address: 21stcenturyschools@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk