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Plasdwr School

Approval of the establishment of primary school provision to serve the early phases of the Plasdŵr development

On 24 June 2020 the Council Cabinet agreed a proposal to establish a two Form Entry dual stream primary school with nursery provision to serve the early phases of the Plasdŵr development.

The school will include two language streams, organised as one form of entry Welsh-medium (30 places per year group) and one form of entry predominantly English-medium, with significant use of Welsh (30 places per year group) with a provision for 420 primary school pupils in total. The nursery will offer 48 part-time nursery places for the Welsh-medium stream and 48 part-time nursery places for the English-medium stream.

The Cabinet were satisfied that the proposal will:
  • respond to the projected demand for additional Welsh-medium and English-medium primary school places to serve the new housing developments in the Creigiau/ St Fagans, Radyr/ Morganstown and Fairwater areas.    
  • have a positive impact on the Welsh language
  • contribute to and support the Welsh Government’s Cymraeg 2050 strategy by sustainably increasing the number of children in Welsh-medium education and benefit those learning Welsh in English-medium education
  • result in fewer families in the area needing to travel elsewhere to access education through the language medium of their preference.

The construction of the Plasdŵr development will be delayed due to Covid-19 lockdown and negotiations are ongoing with the developer in relation to their revised timetable. 


If you have any queries or require additional information please contact the School Organisation Planning Team on 029 2087 2917 or via email at schoolresponses@cardiff.gov.uk​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window.

Publication of Legal Statutory Notice: The proposed establishment of primary school provision to serve the early phases of the Plasdŵr development 


A report was considered by the Council's Cabinet on 23 January 2020 which set out recommendations following a public consultation on the proposed establishment of primary school provision to serve the early phases of the Plasdŵr development 

The Cabinet has agreed for the Council to progress to the next stage and issue a legal Statutory Notice to:

  • ​Establish a 2FE entry dual stream primary school with nursery provision to serve the early phases of the Plasdŵr development from September 2021.

The statutory notice went live on 26 February 2020.


The notice allows a period of 28 days from the date of publication for formal objections to the proposals.

Objections should be sent to the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Cardiff Council, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4UW.

Objections may also be sent to the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Cardiff Council using the following e-mail address: SchoolResponses@cardiff.gov.uk

Please note that any such objection sent by e-mail must contain the full name and postal address of the objector.

Consultation on the proposed establishment of primary school provision to serve the early phase of the Plasdwr development


The new housing developments underway in North West Cardiff will increase the number of children needing school places in the area and this will have an impact on the availability of places in existing schools.

As part of the planning agreement for the construction of the Plasdŵr development, a new school is being provided by the site developer to serve this first phase of the development, the wider area and some future housing developments that have also been planned.

The new school at Plasdŵr is proposed to be a two form entry primary school, with two language streams, organised as:

  • One form of entry Welsh-medium (30 places per year group)
  • One form of entry predominantly English-medium, with significant use of Welsh (30 places per year group)

This means that there would be 420 primary school places in total.

There will also be 48 part-time nursery places for the Welsh-medium stream and 48 part-time nursery places for the English-medium stream. 
 
The proposed changes would take effect from September 2021.



It won’t. The Welsh-medium stream will operate as Welsh-medium schools across Cardiff do currently. This means that in stream 1 (Welsh-medium) you can expect the following for your child: 

  • Your child will be able to speak, read and write in English according to age and ability. 
  • Your child will also be able to speak, read and write in Welsh according to age and ability. 
  • Your child will be able to move confidently from one language to the next smoothly within their studies at school and outside of school. 
  • The normal expectation is that pupils, whatever the language of the home will be able to transfer easily to secondary provision that offers teaching through the medium of Welsh. 
  • The linguistic development pattern of children who receive their education through the medium of two languages and who have followed an immersion programme is slightly different to those receiving education through the medium of one language, but by the time the children are 11 years old the linguistic skills of a bilingual education will reach the appropriate and equal progression levels in both English and Welsh.
In a traditional English-medium school are taught mainly in English, within the 80%-90% English range and 10-20% in Welsh range. Welsh is taught and assessed as part of the area of learning and experience for languages, literacy and communication and across the other areas of learning and experience.

In the new school it is proposed that in the second stream, whilst English language will still be the main language spoken in the school, pupils would be taught in English and Welsh moving toward equal time given to both languages.​

In general, Welsh and areas of learning and experience that are taught in Welsh will be tested in Welsh and areas of learning and experience that are taught in English will be tested in English.

This means that in stream 2 (proposed predominantly English-medium) you can expect the following for your child:

  • ​Your child will be able to speak, read and write English in line with age and ability. 
  • Your child will be able to speak Welsh in a wide variety of situations familiar and unfamiliar and be able to express their opinion simply and clearly. 
  • Your child will have a wide vocabulary and the essential skills to continue with aspects of their education through the medium of Welsh at Secondary level. 
  • Children who receive their education in Stream 2 will be able to transfer to secondary schools who provide in both languages.

Have your say


You can download a copy of the consultation document detailing the proposed changes.




By post to School Organisation Planning Team, Room 422, County Hall, Cardiff, CF10 4UW
 
We have organised public meetings and drop-in sessions that you can attend if you would like us to explain the suggested changes to you and for you to ask us questions.
 
Nature of Consultation ​​ ​Date/Time  Venue ​​​
​Drop in session ​​​​Monday 16th September, 10.00 – 11.30 am ​Redrow site office,  Clos Parc Radur, Radyr
​Public meeting ​Monday 30th September, 6.30 – 8.00pm ​Radyr Comprehensive School
Drop in session
​Tuesday 1st October, 10.00 -11.30am ​Fairwater Leisure Centre
Drop in session
​Thursday 3rd October, 5.00 -7.30pm ​Central Library
Drop in session​
​Monday 7th October, 2.00 -3.30pm ​Radyr Library
 


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