Questions and answers over school consultation
12:44pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
THE VALE Council has said it is still finalising the consultation document on whether there is a demand for a new Barry mixed-sex secondary school.
An eight-week initial consultation into the future of secondary education at two Barry schools will begin on September 9.
There are currently 1,160 pupils at Barry Comprehensive and 1,204 at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive and it is believed the creation of a single school would mean the town would have one of the largest schools – by numbers – in the UK.
The Barry & District News asked how much, should a favourable response be gained, any change would cost and from where the funding would be sourced, following concerns residents would not be aware of issues potentially arising out of the scheme.
The Barry & District News also asked what would need to be done at Barry Comprehensive and Bryn Hafren to bring both sites up to acceptable standards for youngsters with disabilities and access issues and what arrangements would be made regarding staffing provision.
Would there need to be a head teacher at each site? Would there be an executive head teacher in addition to two? Or an overall head teacher based at one site?
Questions were also raised about what facilities would need to be replicated or uprooted such as a beauty salon, fitness facilities and climbing wall and whether Barry youngsters could still opt to attend St Cyres Comprehensive in Penarth.
Also of interest was whether funding the school changes would impact on the budgets of Welsh-medium secondary Ysgol Bro Morgannwg and Vale primary schools, whether land would need to be sold to developers as a capital receipt for the project.
A Vale Council spokeswoman said: “The upcoming consultation is merely a preliminary stage and a chance for the council to test the waters and see if there is a demand for a new mixed secondary education facility in Barry.
“Specifics concerning how the mixed school would be work in practical terms would be fully explored in the next stage of this process, provided the results of this initial consultation shows there is a demand for a new mixed-sex secondary school.
“The consultation will ask parents for their views on the current single-sex school arrangements in Barry and whether or not they would be in favour or not of a change to mixed boys and girls secondary school in the town.
“The exact questions are being finalised, however this is what the questions will cover in broad terms. Responses can be made by post, using the consultation response form provided in our consultation document, online or by phone via our C1V contact centre.”