Garth Olwg lifelong learning centre

Cabinet Members will consider formally approving a proposal to create an ‘all through’ 3-19 Welsh Medium school for the Church Village area.

A report to the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, April 19, recommends Members implement the proposal for a school at the Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Campus, which would open on September 1, 2019. If agreed, the move will require the closure of Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Garth Olwg and Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg, with the new school being established in the existing Garth Olwg campus.

Statutory Notices for the school closures were published on March 2, 2018, following Cabinet’s approval in February 2018 – and the 28-day statutory notice period ended by the end of March 2018.

The proposal seeks to formalise arrangements already in place between Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Garth Olwg and Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg, which sees younger pupils already making use of the extensive facilities at the Garth Olwg campus.

The change would require minor reconfiguration of classrooms and ancillary spaces to ensure safeguarding arrangements for younger pupils. These works would be identified in collaboration with the new school’s Headteacher and temporary governing body.

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Cabinet will consider formally approving proposals for an ‘all through’ school to serve Church Village – at a time when investment in education is the biggest in generations thanks to the joint #RCTinvest and Welsh Government 21st Century Schools funding.

“The ‘all through’ school setup has proved a success at Ysgol Llanhari since it was introduced in September 2012, and this model will be continued by the creation of new schools in Tonypandy (Nantgwyn), Porth and Tonyrefail, this September. Separate projects in Treorchy, Ferndale, Cymmer, YGG Tonyrefail and YGG Llwyncelyn complete the latest £85m, 21st Century Schools investment in Rhondda and Tonyrefail, while a new £7.2m primary school for Cwmaman will also open this September.

“If agreed, the new 3-19 school for Church Village would see the current education provision extended to the Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Campus, and the closure of the existing primary and secondary school.”

The full report to the Cabinet Meeting on Thursday can be found here: https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Council/CouncillorsCommitteesandMeetings/Committees/Cabinet.aspx.

Posted on Friday 13th April 2018

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