Council invites mix of views on school provision
12:02pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
AN EIGHT week initial consultation into future of secondary education at two Barry schools will begin in September.
Discussions on the possibility of merging two single-sex secondary schools in Barry to create one mixed boys and girls school in the town will take place from Monday, September 9.
The proposal to combine all-girls school, Bryn Hafren and all-boys school Barry Comprehensive was first discussed in a Vale Council cabinet meeting in July.
There are currently 1,160 pupils at Barry Comprehensive and 1,204 at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive.
Vale Council, head of strategic planning and performance, Paula Ham said: "A single co-educational school would occupy the existing sites of Barry and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive Schools with one site becoming a lower school and the other becoming an upper school.
Vale cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Chris Elmore said: “This consultation is just the first step in exploring the proposal of a new mixed secondary school in Barry. It’s a way for us to test the water and gauge the general feeling among the community on the possibility of merging the two schools to create one new mixed boys and girls comprehensive school.”
Drop-in sessions will be held to provide parents, pupils, teachers and stakeholders with the opportunity to find out more and discuss their views on the proposal.
Full details on the consultation will be distributed to pupils at Bryn Hafren and Barry Comprehensive during the first week of the new school term in September.
Results of the consultation will dictate whether the proposal is progressed further.
If the outcome suggests there is enough interest and support for a new mixed secondary school in Barry, a second consultation looking at a detailed plan to merge the two schools would take place.