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Cardiff Council


Earlier this year the Welsh Assembly Government launched a new funding programme, 21st Century Schools, aimed at investment in schools in Wales. Funding will be available from 2012 and will continue for 15 years or more, initially in four bands, with each band spanning a three-year period.


All local authorities were invited to submit a Strategic Outline Programme to develop a strategic overview of the future of the authority's education provision. The criteria for 21st Century Schools funding is based upon developing strengthened school leaderships, having schools of the right size in the right place, inclusive provision for the individual learning needs of all learners and creating inspirational environments able to cater for the changing needs of the future up to 2030 and beyond.


Cardiff Council's vision is one of sustainable schools offering good quality learning opportunities to raise standards of achievement. The proposals aim to match the supply and demand for English-medium and Welsh-medium provision, reduce the backlog of school building repairs significantly and create all-through three to 11-years-old primary schools across the city.


Secondary and primary schools would be upgraded to meet 21st Century standards in teaching and learning as part of the proposals, and opportunities for integrated services to strengthen the community focus of schools would be extended.


Cardiff's 21st Century Band A bid focuses on addressing the continuing rise in demand for Welsh-medium provision, especially around the Canton area; completing proposals in the Whitchurch High and Llanishen High catchment areas; adding primary capacity and investment in high school provision in the catchment areas of Michaelston Community College, Glyn Derw High, Fitzalan High and Willows High; and addressing surplus primary capacity in Llanrumney.


View a copy of Cardiff Council's Bid (1.83mb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window