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Future plans for special schools in Swansea - consultation document for pupils

We are consulting on the future of special school provision in Swansea.

What does the council want to do?
Why does the council want to do this?
What would this proposal mean?
Did you know?
If the plan goes ahead, will I be moving to a new school building?
What happens next?
How can pupils say what they think of the idea?

 

What does the council want to do?

  • In September 2025 (2 years from now) the council want to make Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn and Ysgol Crug Glas one big school, so that they can share teachers and ideas. Children will keep going to their usual school buildings though.
  • In the Spring of 2028 (5 years from now) the council want to open a brand-new, bigger special school in a new place close to Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn school. This will mean children will go to the new school building instead of where they go now.

Why does the council want to do this?

  • A new school building will have better facilities to help you learn and more outdoor space.
  • By making the two schools one school before the new building is ready, it will mean the teachers can help each other and become one team before they move into the new school building.
  • Because there are many children in need of a place at a special school in Swansea, having a bigger, new school will mean that these children can go to school in Swansea instead of having to go elsewhere.

What would this proposal mean?

  • In 2025 Ysgol Crug Glas and Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn will become one school but stay using the same buildings that are used now so not much will change for pupils.
  • You are likely to have the same teachers and other staff working with you.
  • Children will get transported to their usual school buildings like they do now.
  • In 2028 the school will move from the old buildings into the new school building at Mynydd Garnllwyd Road (close to where Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn is now).
  • The new school will be able to fit in an extra 100 pupils making it big enough for 350 pupils aged between 3 and 19 years old.
  • Pupils will have to travel to the new school building. The local authority will support pupils with transport if they need it.

 

Did you know?
The UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) is a worldwide agreement that says all children and young people have rights. Article 12 of the UNCRC says that children and young people have a right to have their voice heard and listened to in decisions that affect their life. We think this should include decisions about your school.

If the plan goes ahead, will I be moving to the new school building?

Look at the table below to find out. Even if you are not affected, we would still be interested in your views. You may have a friend or family member that will be affected.

Year groups moving to the new school
What year are you in now?What year will you be in when the new school is built?Does this mean i will move?
NurseryYear 4Yes
ReceptionYear 5Yes
Year 1Year 6Yes
Year 2Year 7Yes
Year 3Year 8Yes
Year 4Year 9Yes
Year 5Year 10Yes
Year 6Year 11Yes
Year 7Year 12 or maybe left schoolMaybe
Year 8Year 13 or maybe left schoolMaybe
Year 9Year 14 or maybe left schoolMaybe
Year 10Likely to have left schoolNo
Year 11Likely to have left schoolNo
Year 12Likely to have left schoolNo
Year 13Likely to have left schoolNo
Year 14Likely to have left schoolNo

What happens next?

  • Councillors will meet in January 2024 to find out what people said during the consultation period. They will then decide whether to go to the next stage of the proposal.
  • If they decide to go ahead, the next stage is called the 'Statutory Notice' period. A notice will be sent to your parents / carers and other people interested in the school. The notice will explain what the proposal is about and what people can do if they do not want the proposal to go ahead.
  • Councillors will meet again after that to talk about what people have said about the notice and decide what to do next.

How can pupils say what they think of the idea?

You can complete the online survey here: 

You can write into the council by 24 November 2023 to tell us what you think.
Write to: Helen Morgan-Rees, Director of Education, Civic Centre, Swansea SA1 3SN.

or email schoolorganisation@swansea.gov.uk

Your teachers will talk to you to find out what you think and can help answer any questions you have and provide feedback to the council.

 

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