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We are committed to improving standards of education in the East of Cardiff, and our plans to make changes have been progressing, with the establishment of an Education Improvement Partnership (EIP) to drive forward improvements quickly.

 

In addition to Cardiff's plans, the Welsh Government announced in February their plans to consult on an earlier closure of Llanrumney High School. A consultation document was sent to parents and both school communities asking for views on the proposed closure and this consultation ended on 27 March.

 

The Welsh Government Minister for Education & Skills, Leighton Andrews AM formally instructed the authority today, 15 May 2013 to close Llanrumney High School in August 2013.

 

Prior to the Minister's consultation, the Council had already made plans for the future of Llanrumney High and Rumney High Schools and their replacement with a new state-of-the-art secondary school in the east of the city. The formal closure of Llanrumney in August does not change the plans we already had in place to transfer all pupils from Llanrumney High to the Rumney High site from September 2013, with a new school name and significant investment in the school buildings.

 

We are working closely with both schools and the community to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. Officers are working with the headteachers and Trade Unions to support staff in the interim period.

 

Rumney High School will technically close in August 2014. Eastern High will be formally established from September 2014, initially on the Rumney site until a new school building on a suitable site can be built. It is hoped the brand new school on its permanent site will open in September 2016 with post-16 provision.

 

Therefore the Council's plans to support rapid improvement in educational standards and life chances as a result, as part of the Education Improvement Partnership, remain very much on track.

 

We will be providing further details shortly, as well as confirming details of the admissions process and next steps. In the meantime we would like to reassure you that detailed plans are in place to support the children in September. These include transferring teaching and support staff from Llanrumney to Rumney High School.

 

If you have a question please don't hesitate to contact us directly by e-mail schoolresponses@cardiff.gov.uk or by calling 029 2087 2720.