Consultation Regarding the Establishment of a Welsh Medium Primary School in Gwersyllt

Wrexham County Borough Council is proposing to establish a new Welsh medium Community Primary School in the Gwersyllt Area. An area of land adjacent to Delamere Avenue has been identified and outline planning permission has been granted. The purpose of this consultation is to establish the views of the community, potential users and other important stakeholders.

In May 2010 the Executive Board resolved to support a bid to the School Buildings Improvement Grant (Tranche 3) for funding to provide a new build 210 pupil place primary school in Delamere Avenue Gwersyllt. The Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills of the Welsh Assembly Government has approved, in principle, Wrexham County Borough Council's application for capital grant for the provision of a new Welsh-medium School in Gwersyllt and as a successful application, we will be allocated funding up to 70% of projected costs.

The proposed new Welsh medium school would satisfy a local demand in the area.

Indications that demand for Welsh-medium education existed in the Gwersyllt, Bradley and Llay communities were established through a survey carried out by Opinion Research Services in 2007. Real demand has been proven by the uptake of an additional 90 places at Ysgol Plas Coch over the last three years. These additional places have been provided in temporary accommodation. As a result of this, the requirement for additional Welsh-medium education provision in the northern area of the county is currently the first priority of the Wrexham Education Asset Management Plan 2009 - 2014.

The Local Authority has temporarily increased Ysgol Plas Coch's admission number to cope with more than double its normal admission number. An increasing number of pupils are now in temporary accommodation as a result.

Subject to the outcome of public consultation it is anticipated that the new school will open in September 2013.

Statutory Notice to Establish a New 3-11 Welsh Medium Community Primary School from 1st September 2013 at Delamere Avenue Gwersyllt

Statutory Notice to establish a new 3-11 Welsh Medium Community Primary School from 1st September 2013 at Delamere Avenue Gwersyllt - PDF format 791Kb

Welsh Medium Proposals

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Consultation Regarding the Establishment of a Welsh Medium Primary School in Gwersyllt


Can you explain the consultation process?

A series of meetings will be held on in the summer term to discuss Welsh Medium Primary school provision in the Gwersyllt area. We will also be using the internet to gather people's views.

You are welcome to ask questions and let us have your views at these meetings, respond online or to put your response in writing.

Letters of response should be sent to Dafydd Ifans, Senior School Improvement officer, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham LL11 1LG by the 8th September 2011.

Your views will be taken into account by the Executive Board of the Council at a meeting to be held in September 2011 and a decision on whether proposals will be published will be made.

If a decision is taken to proceed with proposals it is likely that the statutory notices will be published in October 2011.

Notices will appear in the Wrexham Leader newspaper and on notice boards adjacent to Delamere Avenue.

Once notices are published there is a one month period to respond in writing. This is the statutory period for objections. Objections should be sent in writing to Dafydd Ifans, Senior School Improvement Officer, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham LL11 1LG

If there are no objections, the proposal will be determined by the Executive Board of the Council two months after the date of publication of the notice.

If there are objections then the Welsh Ministers will determine the proposals. The LEA/Promoters have two weeks from the end of the objection period in which to let the Welsh Ministers have comments on the objections.

The Welsh Minister's decision can be expected around 3 months following the submission of objections and comments to them.

How can I have my say on this consultation?

Please respond online below or to put your response in writing.

Letters of response should be sent to Dafydd Ifans, Senior School Improvement officer, 16 Lord Street, Wrexham LL11 1LG by the 8th September 2011.

Who is being consulted?

We are consulting with the community, potential users and other important stakeholders. We will be holding meetings for pupils, parents, staff and governors at Ysgol Plas Coch as it is these groups who are most likely to be directly affected. In addition we will visit Welsh Medium Playgroups in the area.

We will also be holding a public meeting for local residents and interested parties. Details of this meeting will be made public nearer the time.

Why do the Council want this school built in Gwersyllt?

Welsh medium education in Wrexham has seen an upward trend in demand for places. At Ysgol Plas Coch in particular there are not enough places to satisfy this demand. In total 154 pupils with Gwersyllt, Llay and Bradley postcodes attend Ysgol Plas Coch. The majority of those pupils are from Gwersyllt. Since the establishment of temporary accommodation at Ysgol Plas Coch the numbers within Key Stage 1 and Early Years from the are have grown to 48 and 56 pupils respectively. The Local Authority believes that a school sited in Gwersyllt will satisfy local demand.

Why has the Council decided that the new school should be built with 210 pupil places?

Ysgol Plas Coch's admission number would be cut by 30 places per year once a new school was established. Current local demand appears to be for 26 places. However, if the new school was built for 26 pupils it would not provide sufficient places to take up the 30 place reduction at Plas Coch. The additional four places would be taken up by pupils on the periphery of the town centre who require a Welsh Medium Education

Why has the land adjacent to Delamere Avenue been identified?

The Local Authority looked at a number of sites that were in its ownership. Other sites which could have been purchased were also considered. All other sites were deemed unsuitable in some way. Apart from the Town Centre which is currently served by two Welsh Medium Schools, the highest level of demand for places at Ysgol Plas Coch was in and around the Gwersyllt area. For this reason the majority of sites considered were in Gwersyllt itself, though a site in Llay was also considered.

Pupils in English medium schools tend to have to travel shorter distances to access their education. Therefore, where an opportunity exists to address this inequality the Local Authority must make an effort to address this issue. Education through the medium of Welsh should be reasonably accessible to all parts of our county.

How might the new school impact on my child's current school?

From 2013 the admission number for Plas Coch will be reduced by 30 pupils. A smaller nursery will enter Plas Coch. Any admission requests for other year groups will consider this reduction.

My child currently attends Ysgol Plas Coch, will my child have to change schools in 2013?

Parents of pupils in other year groups where the new school will be closer will be asked their views on moving to the new school. If numbers are viable other year groups may also transfer on request.

How large will the teaching groups be?

The admission number for the new school will be 30. If the new school fills from the bottom e.g. starting with Nursery only, classes will be up to 30 in single year groups. If parents choose to send eligible pupils to the new school from Plas Coch in sufficient numbers classes will not exceed 30 pupils but may initially be mixed year groups.

How will the school be governed?

Initially it is anticipated that a federation with Plas Coch be set up. This would have a joint governing body to ensure the smoothest transition for pupils.

How will the school be staffed?

The school will be staffed in accordance to current legislation and School Teachers Pay and Conditions. Over time the requirements for staff at Ysgol Plas Coch will be reduced. At the same time the new school will require more staff. If the two schools were part of a federation of schools then transfer of staff may be simplified.

What facilities will the new school have for pupils?

The new school will have the facilities that latest research indicates delivers the most effective education to pupils. This includes ICT provision that facilitates the use of research skills and learning, flexible learning zones that can change their configuration for different learning styles and opportunities, an extensive outdoor learning environment along with an energy efficient building. It will also be able to provide wrap around care provision for pupils. The school will also be able to provide wrap around care provision for pupils.

What facilities will the new school have for the community?

We are committed to making schools an integral part of the community they serve. There will be space incorporated into the building for community groups to access during the school day and outside usual school hours.

How will the Local Authority ensure that traffic is managed appropriately and pupils have a safe walking route to school?

The safe routes to school agenda will be fully considered during the consultation process. Depending on the outcome of consultation it will also be included at any further planning stages.

What is Wales Government's position?

The Wales Government has a strategy for Welsh-medium Education. This includes Strategic Outcome 1.6 'Encourage increased access to Welsh-medium provision for early years and primary statutory provision.'


Do you have a question that needs answering? Please email us WelshMediumConsultation@wrexham.gov.uk or you can write to us at:

Wrexham County Borough Council
16 Lord Street
Wrexham
LL11 1LG

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