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Future plans for special schools in Swansea - frequently asked questions

The consultation period for this proposal starts on 9 October 2023 and ends on 24 November 2023.

Why is this proposal being made?
When will this happen?
Where will the new site be?
How will the new school benefit pupils?
Why is the council proposing to amalgamate the schools before moving to the new school?
How will the school accommodate the different needs of pupils?
What support will be given to pupils to prepare them for the transition to the new school?
How much will it cost and where is the funding coming from?
Will there be a new school uniform?
What will the new school be named?
How will pupils be consulted?
How can I have my say?
 

Why is this proposal being made?

We need more special school places, and we want to improve the facilities for all special school pupils to give the best education possible.

When will this happen?

We are consulting on this proposal between 9 October 2023 and 24 November 2023, and if approved we are proposing to amalgamate the two schools in 2025 on existing sites and open the new build in 2028 (estimated time of opening at the moment).

Where will the new site be?

The new school will be located close to the current Pen-y-Bryn site on Mynydd Garnllwyd Road, Morriston.

How will the new school benefit pupils?

The new school will provide a 21st century schools facilities, specially designed to meet the needs of children with complex and profound special educational needs. There will be improved indoor and outdoor learning environments, and will include facilities such as sensory rooms, specialist therapy rooms and a hydrotherapy pool facility.

Why is the council proposing to amalgamate the schools before moving to the new school?

There are many benefits of amalgamating the two schools ahead of the move to the new school. It will make the transition to the new school smoother for learners as the two schools can start to operate as one, with a single whole school ethos, shared policies, and procedures. This will provide additional opportunities for pupils and staff to share facilities and resources.

How will the school accommodate the different needs of pupils?

We will be listening to the views of staff, learners and families to understand what is needed for all our learners. The new school will provide an opportunity to design spaces and include resources that meet a range of different needs and that can be flexible and responsive to adapt to changing needs of learners.

What support will be given to pupils to prepare them for the transition to the new school?

Support will be provided to pupils to help them prepare for the transition to the new school building and this will include teacher-led sessions, transition days and visits to the new site. Pupils will be consulted throughout the process and asked their ideas about the school design.

How much will it cost and where is the funding coming from?

Approximately £43.6 millions - funded 75% through Welsh Government and 25% from the council.

Will there be a new school uniform?

Yes - to be determined by the temporary governing body, with consideration given to pupils' views and ideas regarding this.

What will the new school be named?

Yes - to be determined by the temporary governing body, with consideration given to pupils' views and ideas regarding this.

How will pupils be consulted?

There will be an opportunity for the pupils of both schools to participate in the consultation process during class consultation sessions, which will be conducted at the schools with support from their teachers. The feedback from pupils during these sessions will be collated and considered. A pupil consultation paper, which outlines the proposal in a simplified format, is also available, and this includes a pupil response slip that they can complete and send in if they wish.

Pupils can also access an online survey by following this link: 

The school pupil councils will also be consulted, and feedback from them will be included in the consultation report.

How can I have my say?

The consultation will be open between 9 October and 24 November. The consultation document can be found here and includes information on all the ways you can let us know your views including , attending a consultation meeting or emailing / writing to us.

You can also ask for a hard copy of the consultation paper from the school or by emailing schoolorganisation@swansea.gov.uk

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