Our Schools, Our Future
Exciting plans to develop a new Welsh school for children living in the Caerphilly basin area are pressing ahead.
Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said, "Demand for Welsh Medium education has been steadily increasing over recent years and there is now an urgent need to provide additional Welsh secondary places within the county borough."
The current Welsh secondary school at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni has reached full capacity and is projected to exceed capacity by 900+ pupils by 2021.
The council submitted a successful 21st Century Schools bid of £20m to the Welsh Government last year. The bid was to make provision for up to an additional 900 secondary places on the former St.Ilan school site in Caerphilly, as well as relocating YGG Caerffili into the site.
"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.
Consultation took place in October and November for all interested parties to find out more and have their say on the plans. School pupils, staff, governors and parents attended special meetings, as follows: -
- Drop-in session, Tuesday 13th November. 9am - 5pm at YGG Caerffili. CF83 3AH.
- Public/community meeting, Tuesday 13th November. 7pm at YGG Y Castell. CF83 1WH.
The council were keen that as many people as possible were aware of the proposals and received information on how to find out more about the proposals and how to express their views in relation to the proposal being consulted on.
The consultation document below provides the details of this proposal, explains how the process will be conducted, and information on the meetings that will take place regarding this consultation.
Former St Ilan Site: Welsh Medium Development Consultation Document (PDF)
Supplementary Information to Consultation document (PDF)
Equality Impact Assessment form (PDF)
The council wishes to ensure that all members of the community are able to fully engage in the consultation. Should you have any additional requirements that would assist with your participation in the consultation or attendance at the meetings, please contact the council in order that suitable arrangements can be made.
The consultation process was from 1 October 2012 to 30 November 2012.
For more information about the proposal please contact Mr Julian Williams on 01443 864817 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.