Our Schools, Our Future
Caerphilly County Borough Council's Cabinet met in May 2013 in order to formally approve the development of a Welsh-medium secondary school on the former St Ilan site in Caerphilly.
Plans to develop secondary Welsh-medium provision on the former St Ilan site as part of Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni were proposed in order to meet the increasing Welsh medium secondary demand in the Caerphilly county borough.
Members of Cabinet agreed to proceed with the development of the former St Ilan site, which is anticipated to cost £20m over five years. This makes provision for 900 secondary places plus the relocation of YGG Caerffili.
Cllr Rhianon Passmore said, "I am pleased that these exciting plans to develop a new Welsh school for children living in the Caerphilly basin area are moving ahead. There is an urgent need to provide additional Welsh medium secondary places due to increasing demand over recent years, with forecasts showing that Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni would have been over capacity by almost 1,000 places by September 2021 if no action had been taken."
"This ambitious proposal involves expanding Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni at the former St. Ilan site, in addition to its present location at Fleur de Lis, to accommodate the continuing increasing demand for Welsh education. This will form part of an overall strategy to develop a 3-19 campus with impressive facilities, such as a four court sports hall and many other shared facilities on the site," added Cllr Passmore.
A formal consultation process took place between 1st October and 30th November 2012, following which Cabinet agreed to proceed with the publication of the Statutory Notice. The Statutory Notice period commenced on 18th February 2013 and expired on 18th March 2013, with no objections to the development proposals received.
It is hoped that the school will be ready to admit Year 7 pupils residing in the Caerphilly basin to St. Ilan with effect from September 2013. This will form part of an overall strategy to develop a 3-16 campus with many shared facilities on the site, and the opportunity to offer some post-16 provision as well. The existing Fleur de Lys site would be the main 16-19 campus.
The school development project also incorporates proposals for a brand new state-of-the art £10.5 million Leisure Centre.
For more information about the proposal please contact Mr Julian Williams on 01443 864817 or by email at email@example.com.