PWYLLGOR CRAFFU ADDYSG A PHLANT

25ain o IONAWR 2018

 

 

Y RHAGLEN MODERNEIDDIO ADDYSG

 

CYNNIG I GYNYDDU NIFER Y LLEOEDD YN YSGOL GYMUNEDOL GORSLAS O 110 I 210

 

 

Ystyried y materion canlynol a chyflwyno sylwadau arnynt:

 

  1. Y sylwadau a ddaeth i law ac ymatebion y Cyngor o ganlyniad i'r ymgynghoriad (Amgaeir yr Adroddiad am yr Ymgynghoriad).

2.    Cyhoeddi hysbysiad statudol i weithredu'r cynllun.

 

Rhesymau:

 

·         Er mwyn cydymffurfio â’r cyfarwyddyd a’r gweithdrefnau statudol ar gyfer ad-drefnu ysgolion.

·         Llunio safbwyntiau i’w cyflwyno i’r Bwrdd Gweithredol eu hystyried.

 

Angen cyfeirio’r mater at y Bwrdd Gweithredol er mwyn gwneud penderfyniad: OES – 26ain o Chwefror 2018

 

 

Aelod y Bwrdd Gweithredol sy’n gyfrifol am y Portffolio:

Cyng. Glynog Davies (Addysg a Phlant)

 

 

 

Y Gyfarwyddiaeth:

Addysg a Phlant

 

Enw Pennaeth y Gwasanaeth:

Gareth Morgans

 

 

Awdur yr adroddiad:

Simon Davies

 

 

Swyddi:

 

 

 

Cyfarwyddwr Addysg a Gwasanaethau Plant

 

 

Rheolwr Gwasanaethau Moderneiddio

 

 

Rhifau Ffôn / Cyfeiriadau E-bost:

 

 

 

01267 246522

EDGMorgans@sirgar.gov.uk

 

 

01267 246471

SiDavies@sirgar.gov.uk

 

 


 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

EDUCATION & CHILDREN

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

25th JANUARY 2018

 

 

MODERNISING EDUCATION PROGRAMME

 

PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF GORSLAS COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM 110 TO 210

 

 

Background

 

Gorslas Primary School is a Welsh medium primary school located in the centre of the village of Gorslas, near Cross Hands. The school has a capacity for 110 pupils between the ages of 4-11 years old. The school was established in the 1920’s and caters for pupils within the area of Gorslas and the surrounding areas. Over the last few years, the demand for Welsh medium education in Carmarthenshire has been increasing and this is also true for pupil numbers at the school, where the school is currently over capacity (further details on the capacity issues are documented within the attached Consultation Document).

 

A review of the problems, difficulties and service gaps associated with the existing arrangements at Gorslas Primary school has clearly established that:

·         There is a misalignment between the capacity of the school and the demand for Welsh medium education places.

·         The existing school building does not meet Welsh Government standards in terms of the facilities it offers and the area space required.

·         The site and buildings are insufficient in meeting the needs of the wider community.

·         Staff and pupils have to transfer between the mobile classrooms and the main school building.

·         There is insufficient space, indoor and outdoor, to deliver and enhance the Foundation Phase curriculum and play opportunities for all learners.

·         Access/car parking at the school is limited and causes disruption at school drop off/pick up times.

 

On 20th June 2016, the Executive Board approved a revised Modernising Education Programme and 21st Century Schools Band A Programme and within Carmarthenshire County Council’s 21st Century Schools Band A funding envelope of £86.7m a scheme is being developed to provide Gorslas Primary School with a new school building which will address the issues noted above.

 

 

 

It is proposed that the capacity of the new school will be 210, which will allow the school to accommodate current and future demand for Welsh medium education places. The new school building will also provide space to accommodate a 30 place external nursery and facilities suitable for teaching and learning in the 21st Century. The scheme is currently in development and it is proposed that the new school building will be ready for occupation by 1st September 2019.

 

As it is proposed to increase the capacity of the school by more than 25% of its current capacity (110), a statutory process must be followed in accordance with the School Organisation Code 2013 to formalise this arrangement.

 

Proposal

 

Due to the increase in demand for Welsh medium education places, the Local Authority propose to increase the capacity of Gorslas Primary School from 110 to 210 from 1st September 2019 when occupation at the new school building is proposed.

 

In accordance with Executive Board’s instructions, a formal consultation exercise was undertaken from 6th November 2017 to 17th December 2017.  The results of the consultation exercise are contained in the attached Consultation Report. 

 

The ECS Scrutiny Committee are provided the opportunity to offer comment and a recommendation to the Executive Board whether or not publish a Statutory Notice.  Should the Executive Board grant permission to proceed to Statutory Notice, the intention is to publish week beginning 5th March 2018.

 

If approved, following the end of the Statutory Notice period, an objection report which summarises any objections received by stakeholders, will be presented to the ECS Scrutiny Committee; the Executive Board and ultimately County Council for determination.

 

 

Recommendation

 

That the ECS Scrutiny Committee endorses the proposal and recommends to the Executive Board the publication of a Statutory Notice.

 

 

DETAILED REPORT ATTACHED?

 

 

YES: -  Consultation Document

             Consultation Report

 


 

 

IMPLICATIONS

 

I confirm that other than those implications which have been agreed with the appropriate Directors / Heads of Service and are referred to in detail below, there are no other implications associated with this report. 

           

Signed:  

G. Morgans

 

S. Davies

 

Director of Education & Children’s Services

 

Modernisation Services Manager

Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

Legal

Finance

ICT

Risk Management Issues

Staffing Implications

Physical Assets

YES

YES

YES

NONE

YES

YES

YES

 

1.  Policy, Crime & Disorder and Equalities

 

Developments are consistent with the Authority’s Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2014-2017, Corporate Strategy and the Modernising Education Strategic Outline Programme.

 

2.  Legal

 

Appropriate consultation will need to be initiated in accordance with the relevant statutory procedures.

 

3.  Finance

 

Revenue implications will be catered for within the Local Management of Schools Fair Funding Scheme.

 

4.  ICT

 

None

 

5.  Risk Management Issues

 

Continuing with the current capacity of the school would not reflect the present position and would not address the capacity issues experienced. The statutory consultation is required to formalise the arrangements. The proposal to increase the capacity of Gorslas Primary School from 110 to 210 may impact on the demand for school places within the area. The situation will be monitored as part of the Schools Admission Process and ongoing data forecasting and analysis through the Authority’s Modernising Education Programme.

 

6.  Physical Assets

 

As a result of the scheme to provide Gorslas Primary School with a new school building, the school will re-locate to a new building with a capacity of 210 school places.

 

 

 

 

CONSULTATIONS

 

I confirm that the appropriate consultations have taken in place and the outcomes are as detailed below:

           

Signed:  

G. Morgans

 

S. Davies

 

Director of Education & Children’s Services

 

Modernisation Services Manager

 

1. Scrutiny Committee The Scrutiny Committee were made aware of the formal consultation period.

 

2. Local Member(s) – Cllrs. Darren Price and Aled Vaughan Owen were formally consulted with during the consultation period.

 

3. Community / Town Council – Gorslas Community Council were formally with consulted during the consultation period.

                                                                                                   

4. Relevant Partners – All relevant partners were formally consulted with during the consultation period.

 

5. Staff Side Representatives and other Organisations – Staff side representatives and other organisations were formally consulted with during the consultation period.

 

Section 100D Local Government Act, 1972 – Access to Information

List of Background Papers used in the preparation of this report:

 

Title of Document

 

File Ref No. / Locations that the papers are available for public inspection

Strategic Outline Programme 21st Century Schools

Strategic Outline Programme 21st Century Schools

Carmarthenshire’s Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2014-2017

http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/publications/guidance/welshmededstrat/?lang=en

MEP Biennial Review

www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk Executive Board 20th June 2016

21st Century Schools Website

www.21stcenturyschools.org

21st Century Schools: Information Document (May 2010)

www.wales.gsi.gov.uk

21st Century Schools: Information Document (May 2010) - Summary

www.wales.gsi.gov.uk

21st Century Schools Strategic Outline Programme Template

www.wales.gsi.gov.uk

 

Modernising Education Programme (May 2005)

Department for Education and Children

Building 2, Parc Dewi, Carmarthen.