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Our goal is to raise schools standards and performance for young people growing up in the East of Cardiff. We want to make changes and improvements quickly, so that young people in the area can achieve their full potential which is why we want to create an Education Improvement Partnership.

 

The plan remains to build a brand new, modern high school with over 16s academic and vocational provision, replacing Llanrumney and Rumney High schools. A new build school would not be open before 2016, but work has to begin now to raise school standards and performance for young people in the area.

 

Why we need to make changes now

 

The current situation in the East of Cardiff means we have two schools with falling pupil numbers facing a number of difficult challenges:

 

Llanrumney High School

 

  • Rated Band 5 in Welsh Government school banding (The lowest rating)
  • 71% Surplus places
  • Poor GCSE Performance - Percentage of pupils achieving the level 2 threshold including English/Welsh and Mathematics in 2011 was 11.6%
  • The Deficit Budget as of 31st March 2012 is in the region of £755,000
  • £3million backlog in repairs

 

Rumney High School

 

  • Rated Band 4 in Welsh Government school banding
  • 51% Surplus places
  • Poor GCSE Performance - Percentage of pupils achieving the level 2 threshold including English/Welsh and Mathematics in 2011 was 30.6%
  • The Deficit Budget as of 31st March 2012 is in the region of £1,055,000

 

What is in an EIP and who will be in it?

 

We know we can improve the life chances of our young people now and we believe creating an Education Improvement Partnership (EIP) will achieve this.

 

An EIP is formed by different groups of people working together, each with a shared focus on improving school standards and performance in a community. It is widely recognised that partnership working in this way can deliver real benefits.

 

The EIP will be made up of representatives from Llanrumney and Rumney High Schools, the community and other key organisations such as health services and the Police. The final list of people who will be part of an EIP in the East will be based on priorities identified by:

 

  • School Staff
  • Pupils
  • School Governors
  • Ward Members
  • Other interested groups and organisations working in the area

 

The Benefits of an EIP:

 

  • Schools lead the system and focus on what works
  • Higher rates of improvement
  • Sharing provision of a broader curriculum
  • Motivating all school staff through professional dialogue with partners
  • Sharing provision for disruptive and excluded pupils
  • Sharing resources
  • Development of Further Education and Vocational training
  • Wider range of out of school activities
  • Champions of school standards
  • Capitalising on expertise in schools
  • More funding at the front line
  • Sense of ownership by the local community
  • Adapted to local needs

 

Consultation Approach

 

From the 1st October to 12th November we will be finding out from the different groups of people what their priorities are and how they think an EIP in the East of Cardiff should work.

 

Find out more

 

You can read more about what an EIP, including the benefits it can bring to a community by downloading the Education Improvement Partnership by the Department for Education and Skills (1mb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

 

View the EIP PowerPoint presentation (52kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

 

View the EIP Consultation Document (644kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

 

Alternatively, if you have a question or want to find out more please contact us directly on 029 2087 2720 or e-mail schoolresponses@cardiff.gov.uk.