School governing body needed for new primary school


Cardiff Council is seeking to recruit a governing body for a brand newprimary school to serve parts of north-west Cardiff.

Applications will open on theMonday 22, Novemberprovidingexperienced governorswith the opportunity to apply for a number of positions on the temporary governing body, which is to be established in advance of the new school opening.

Once recruited,the temporary body willmake key decisions in order to establish the new school including appointing a headteacher and progressing with naming the new school. Theywill help to set the strategic vision of the school and ensure that children and young people receive the best possible education.

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Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "School governors are the most important volunteer workforce in education and play a critical role in improving education and making a positive difference to the future of children and young people. 

"Establishing a temporary governing body for the new school is an important milestone in the schemeare we are appealing to experienced governors to apply, who already have a good grasp of key governance processes and procedures.

"We are committed to ensuring that every child attends a good or excellent school and to help deliver on this, our schools need good school governance with the support, skills and expertise from governing bodies which help improve the lives of children and young people in the community."

Once the school opens, steps will be taken to establish a permanent governing body to include all school's stakeholders including parents, teachers and staff.

Located at the Plasdŵrdevelopmenton land South of Llantrisant Road,thenew school will be dual stream, organised as one-form of entry offering Welsh-medium education and one-form of entry offering English-medium places with significant use of Welsh. The school will also provide 96 part-time nursery provision, with half of the places being Welsh-medium and half English-medium, also with significant use of Welsh.

It willserve the early phases of thePlasdŵrdevelopment, spanning parts of Creigiau, St Fagans, Radyr, Morganstown and Fairwater.

Cllr Merry added: "The new school will provide new and exciting opportunities in how the Welsh language is taught to pupils in an English-medium school, delivering an innovative variation on the traditional dual-stream primary school provision.

"The focus on Welsh teaching within the English medium stream will be greater and support our aspirations to grow the Welsh language that we have set out in our bilingual strategy.

"By increasing our Welsh-medium education in a strategic way, we are ensuring that our new schools are on a strong financial footing; our existing primary schools in the area remain viable; and that the schools we offer cater for the range of parental preference we see in Cardiff."

The school will be delivered under a Section 106 agreement, and is in addition to the new and expanded schools being delivered by Cardiff Council and Welsh Government under its £284m Band B 21stCentury Schools Programme.

Applications for school admissions at the school will open in Autumn 2022 for Nursery and Receptionwith the school admitting its first pupils in September 2023. Pupils in school Years 1 and 2 will also have the opportunity to apply to the school to start from the Summer term 2023.

In June 2020 the Council's Cabinet were asked
to note that lockdowns associated with COVID
19 had impacted on the developer's
programme of delivery for the Plasdŵr
 development. This included postponements of a series of significant infrastructure works including highways and essential utilities. Since then the Council has been working with the developer to implement successful delivery of the scheme.