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Consultation on the proposals to reconfigure nursery provision in Penarth from September 2022. 

 

On 13 September 2021, the Council’s Cabinet authorised the Director of Learning and Skills to undertake a consultation from 20 September 2021 to 5 November 2021 on two proposals to reconfigure nursery provision in Penarth from September 2022. 

 

Proposal 1: 

To amalgamate Bute Cottage Nursery School and Evenlode Primary School by:

  • Changing the lowest age range of pupils at Evenlode Primary School from 4 to 3, to include 96 part time nursery places

  • Increasing the capacity of Evenlode Primary School to accommodate the 96 part time nursery places

  • Discontinuing Bute Cottage Nursery School and transferring all staff and pupils of the nursery phase under the governance of Evenlode Primary School from September 2022.

 

Proposal 2:

To amalgamate Cogan Nursery School and Cogan Primary School by:

  • Changing the lowest age range of pupils at Cogan Primary School from 4 to 3, to include 96 part time nursery places

  • Increasing the capacity of Cogan Primary School to accommodate the 96 part time nursery places

  • Discontinuing Cogan Nursery School and transferring all staff and pupils of the nursery phase under the governance of Cogan School from September 2022.

 

Decision

 

On 11 April 2022, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet considered the objection report and all other relevant documentation and determined to approve the proposal.

 

Proposal 1 will result in Bute Cottage Nursery being discontinued and all staff from Bute Cottage Nursery will be transferred under the governance of Evenlode Primary School. Proposal 2 will result in Cogan Nursery being discontinued and all staff from Cogan Nursery will be transferred under the governance of Cogan Primary School. Nursery provision would continue to be provided from the existing nursery buildings under both proposals. The proposals will be implemented on Monday 5 September 2022.

 

All consultation material including the Objection Report can be viewed below:

  

Consultation Documentation

  

 

If you would like a hard copy of the reports, please contact a member of the Sustainable Communities for Learning Team at: sustainablecommunitiesforlearning@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If implemented, what would the proposals mean?

    Bute Cottage Nursery School and Cogan Nursery School would be discontinued and all staff and pupils from the nursery phases would be transferred under the governance of Evenlode Primary School and Cogan Primary School respectively. However, nursery provision would continue to be provided from the existing buildings with both proposals.

  • What is the intended timescale of implementation?

    It is intended that the proposals would be implemented by September 2022. 

  • How would these proposals impact upon admissions arrangements?

    The Vale of Glamorgan Council is the admission authority for the schools. All admissions arrangements within the Vale of Glamorgan are subject to annual review.

    The capacity for the nursery phase of Evenlode Primary School and Cogan Primary School would be 96 part-time places. The admission number for the primary phase of Evenlode Primary School and Cogan Primary School would not be impacted by these proposals.

    Children on roll in the nursery phase would not have an automatic right to continue education at the same school when moving up to a reception class. Parents would be required to apply for their chosen school. Where there are more applications than there are places available in the reception class, places would be allocated applying the Council’s oversubscription criteria which prioritises those resident within the catchment area.

     

  • How would these proposals impact upon the existing governing bodies?

    Bute Cottage Nursery School and Cogan Nursery School staff would transfer under the management of the governing bodies of Evenlode Primary School and Cogan Primary School respectively.

    Whilst the governing bodies of Bute Cottage Nursery School and Cogan Nursery School would be disbanded from September 2022, the Council would work with the governing bodies of Evenlode Primary School and Cogan Primary School to identify opportunities for governors to transfer to ensure continuity.

    The governing bodies of Evenlode Primary School and Cogan Primary School would need to amend their terms of reference and structure to reflect the inclusion of the nursery phase. 

  • Do I need to respond to both proposals?

    You can respond to either or both proposals by filling out the relevant sections of the consultation response form. You do not need to respond to both if you do not wish to.

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Find out more about some of the Sustainable Communities for Learning Schools built so far in the Vale of Glamorgan:

 

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