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Cardiff Council


There has been a trend away from special school places for speech and language needs as part of a national trend towards inclusion.  Combined with this demand for special school or Special Resource places for primary aged children presenting with challenging behaviours has increased.

In order to respond to this change the Council is now consulting on the following proposals: 

  • Close Meadowbank Special School from September 2017
  • Continue to maintain a Specialist Resource Base (SRB) at Allensbank School but cease admission of pupils with speech and language difficulties.  Redesignate this as an SRB for pupils with autism spectrum conditions.
  • Continue to maintain a Specialist Resource Base (SRB) at Fairwater School but cease admission of pupils with statements for behaviour emotional and social difficulties.  Redesignate this as an Early Intervention Class.
  • Maintain the specialist classes at Glan Yr Afon (Revolving Door) and Springwood (Nurture Class), but rebadge these as Early Intervention Classes.
  • Identify four additional primary schools in various locations across the city, to host Early Intervention Classes.  Consideration will need to be given to availability of suitable accommodation and distribution of schools across the city.  Further consultation will be needed before a final decision could be reached.


This public consultation will run from 11 February 2016 to 23 March 2016. 

Please note that the date for receipt of responses to the consultation has been extended to 06 April 2016.

You can download a copy of the document (2mb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window detailing the proposed changes and send in your views in the following ways:


We will keep you up to date as plans progress, if you have any questions in the meantime please contact us.