21st Century Schools Proposal
Plasyfelin

Status: Consultation Closed.

Awaiting Planning Approval

Overview

Caerphilly County Borough Council has embarked upon an exciting but challenging journey of improvement and change.

Schools in Wales need to be in good condition and suitable for the delivery of education.  In some cases, schools can be modernised, repaired, refurbished, extended, or partially rebuilt to meet the standards needed for contemporary teaching and learning. However, some existing schools are no longer in the right place and in such cases we might propose new schools or changes to existing schools.

Proposal

We are proposing to:

  • Create of a new and enlarged replacement Plasyfelin Primary School in the grounds of the existing school site, to accomodate future projected demand within the area.  The new school will provide 420 pupil places plus nursery, with an anticipated completion date of September 2024.
  • It is proposed that the new building will provide a new fit for purpose, state of the art replacement Plasyfelin primary school on the grounds of the existing site to include multi-functional, size compliant main classrooms, main assembly hall, food technology space,  library and IT space as part of a market street style configuration. 
  • The new primary school site will have improved learning spaces and facilities that will provide a stimulating teaching and learning environment with 21st Century facilities centered on the learning, self-esteem and well-being of all pupils.
  • The proposed project will take into account the desire to encourage and facilitate community use of the asset.  The design will seek to include measures to enable safe ‘zoning’ which can be utilised by the wider community.

We aspire to continue to raise school standards and improve the quality of the learning environment to create fit-for-purpose 21st century schools and give every child in Caerphilly the best possible start in life.

Consultation

Through TeamCaerphilly - Better Together, the Council is committed to ensuring high quality, citizen focused services for the communities that comprise our county borough.  In future-proofing public services, we recognise the need to ensure effective engagement which is central to our decision making.

The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 requires that the Welsh Ministers issue a School Organisation Code. The Code imposes requirements in accordance with which relevant bodies including local authorities must act when bringing forward proposals in respect of maintained schools as defined at Section 98 of the 2013 Act. That is a school in Wales, which is a community, foundation or voluntary school, a community special school or a maintained nursery school.

Plasyfelin Primary School is classified as a community school under the code, however the requirement to consult under the code does not apply to proposals where a main entrance of the school on its new site would be under 1 mile from the current site and the enlargement is less than 25% of the current capacity, both of which apply in this case.

However, for the purposes of progressing this proposal and to enable transparent, balanced and open decision making, a consultation process is being undertaken to reflect the principles of the Council’s Consultation and Engagement Framework 2020-2025.  Utilising the “Spectrum of Engagement” approach, an appropriate level of engagement in informing and consulting stakeholders will be undertaken, mirroring the equivalent processes outlined in Section 3 of the School Organisation Code 2018 only.

Consultation period

Opened: Wednesday 20th October 2021
Closed: Midnight Wednesday 1st December 2021

Any negative responses made during the consultation period will not be counted as objections to the proposal but as adverse comments.

Consultation documents

Ways you gave your views

  • Completing the online response form on the Council's website
  • Complete a printed response form and return it via post to the 21st Century School Team at Caerphilly
  • Email your comments to the 21st Century Schools Team at Caerphilly
  • Pupil Engagement Sessions at the affected school

Community Engagement Report

All responses received during the consultation period will be recorded and summarised in a Community Engagement Report.  The Report will be presented for initial review and endorsement at Education Scrutiny Committee, with final approval to proceed to the next stage sitting with Cabinet.

Cabinet members will be provided with copies of all the responses received within the consultation period and in their original format as part of the decision making process.

Youtube Recordings:
Education Scrutiny Committee 2nd November 2021  (in capacity as a consultee group)

Education Scrutiny Committee 10th January 2022 
Cabinet 26th January 2022 
 

Final determination

Motion Carried
Notice of the Cabinet decision from the meeting held on Wednesday 26th January 2022

Planning Application

A separate Planning Application Process will be undertaken in respect of this proposal. 



Enquiries

21st Century Schools Team
Directorate of Education and Corporate Services
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Penallta House
Tredomen Park,
Ystrad Mynach
Hengoed
CF82 7PG

Email: 21stCenturySchools@caerphilly.gov.uk

Website: 21st Century Schools