Cardiff Council Update: 07 June 2024

Here is your Friday update, covering:

  • Travel advice for the Pink concert at the Principality Stadium
  • Plans to address low numbers taking part in swimming
  • Inspection reports published for Rumney Primary School and for Grangetown Nursery School


Travel advice for Pink on June 11 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff

Pink will be playing at Principality Stadium for her Summer Carnival tour on June 11th. With gates to the stadium opening at 4pm, there will be a full city centre road closure around the stadium from 3pm until midnight on safety grounds.

The M4 motorway is expected to be very busy due to this concert - so please plan ahead - and avoid the congestion in Cardiff by using the park & ride at Cardiff City Football Club in Leckwith - CF11 8AZ.

For up to date traffic information on the motorway and trunk roads go to the  Traffic Wales website, or @TrafficWalesS on Twitter and Facebook.

Those attending the concert are strongly advised to plan their journey and get in early.  Please pay attention to the prohibited items listed at, in particular the bag policy (no large bags permitted) before travelling into the city.

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Cardiff Council to address low numbers of children swimming

Cardiff Council has revealed plans to address the low number of children taking part in school swimming lessons.

Delivered by the Council's Cardiff Commitment Curriculum Team, in partnership with Swim Wales, Cardiff Met Sport, GLL, Legacy Leisure, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and Public Health Wales, the project aims to increase the number of schools delivering swim provision whilst promoting water safety among children through a new delivery model.

Cardiff has one of the lowest levels of participation in swimming lessons in primary schools across all of Wales with only 57% of primary schools in the 2022/23 academic year able to send pupils to swimming lessons.

The new approach will provide a range of key features to assist schools in making swimming lessons more accessible and cost effective. Schools will be coupled with their local swimming pool with the opportunity to share transport with other schools in their area where possible and many will be able to actively travel to their local facility which can further reduce costs.

They will be provided with a streamlined booking system to help save money and reduce administrative tasks and a comprehensive charter has been designed to ensure consistent high-quality provision across all schools.

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Estyn publish inspection report on Rumney Primary School

During a recent visit to Rumney Primary School, Estyn, the Education Inspectorate for Wales, has commended the school's commitment to creating a safe and caring atmosphere for its pupils, with areas needing improvement being identified to ensure all pupils reach their full potential.

The report highlights the school as a caring and nurturing environment where pupils feel safe and secure. Most pupils exhibit politeness and courtesy, working well with their peers and showing respect towards others and the school staff. This positive behaviour contributes significantly to the school's welcoming and supportive culture.

Praise has been given for the comprehensive provision for pupils with additional learning needs (ALN) where pupils make sound progress from their starting points, exemplified by the effective Year 1 nurture provision. The school's efforts ensure that all pupils receive the support they need to thrive academically and personally.

The inspection found pockets of strong, inspiring teaching throughout the school. In the youngest classes, pupils' sense of curiosity and exploration is well-developed through engaging and interesting provisions. This dynamic approach to learning allows pupils to contribute their views on what and how they learn, fostering a collaborative and inclusive educational experience.

The school has also been found to boast a whole-school culture of reading, a cornerstone of the school's educational approach, encouraging a lifelong love of literature among pupils. Inspectors also found the school's new curriculum includes relevant and exciting topics that capture pupils' interests, ensuring that learning is both enjoyable and meaningful, keeping pupils engaged and motivated.

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Grangetown Nursery School Receives Positive Evaluation from Estyn

Grangetown Nursery School has received a glowing report from Estyn, highlighting the commitment to inclusivity, quality education, and community engagement taking place at the early years provision.

During a recent visit by His Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, inspectors praised the nursery school's dedication to fostering strong relationships among pupils, families, and the wider community.

With an emphasis on providing a warm and inclusive environment, the school ensures that pupils feel a strong sense of belonging, contributing to their overall happiness and eagerness to participate in various learning experiences.

Staff were found to exhibit a profound understanding of child development, effectively supporting pupils' learning and growth. Leaders have implemented a curriculum tailored to the unique needs of young children, offering engaging experiences both indoors and outdoors. As a result, pupils, including those with additional learning needs and English as an additional language, demonstrate good progress in various skills, including communication, numeracy, and social interaction.

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