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Proposal to make a change to the catchment areas of Cynffig comprehensive and Porthcawl comprehensive schools

 

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Consultation Documents

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The purpose of this consultation

This consultation is to invite views on the proposal to make a change to the catchment areas of both Cynffig Comprehensive and Porthcawl Comprehensive Schools to help enable the council to manage demand for school places.

Who is being consulted?

Those being consulted are current and prospective parents/carers of pupils in each school, the staff and governors of both schools, members of the local communities and other interested parties.

Consultation period

This consultation period will run from 27th January 2014 to 28th February 2014. A report on the outcome of this consultation will be submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet for a decision in April 2014.

The proposal

It is proposed to re-align the current boundary between the schools so that the community of South Cornelly and the part of North Cornelly that at present falls within the catchment area of Porthcawl Comprehensive School as illustrated on the attached map will, in future, fall within the catchment area of Cynffig Comprehensive School.

The proposal, if approved, will be introduced for admissions to both schools in September 2015 and thereafter. Therefore, it will not affect pupils currently attending either school and no current pupil will be forced to change schools.

What the proposal means in practice

The proposal, if approved, will:

  • mean that all children moving into secondary education and resident in either South Cornelly or the affected area of North Cornelly will, after September 2015,  be deemed as living within the catchment area of Cynffig Comprehensive School;

  • mean that, all children living in the area under consideration, if they elected to attend their catchment area school, would attend Cynffig Comprehensive School instead;

  • not affect a parent’s ability to state a preference for either school as part of the statutory rights, but may increase the potential for siblings to be attending different schools.

Why has this proposal been brought forward?

  • School catchment areas in Bridgend are, in the main, historic and were determined by predecessor authorities. The council aims to provide schools that serve their local communities. Distance to school is one of the main factors to determine the boundary of a school’s catchment area. The communities of South Cornelly and North Cornelly are closer in proximity to Cynffig Comprehensive School.

  • At present the boundary of the catchment area between the two schools in the west of the county lies in North Cornelly (see map). Heol Las, which forms the large part of the boundary, is split with one side of the road (even numbers) falling within the Cynffig catchment area and the other (odd numbers) within Porthcawl’s catchment. This is a constant cause of confusion for parents.

  • Primary education children living in North and South Cornelly are within the catchment area for Corneli Primary School which is a feeder primary school for Cynffig Comprehensive School. This creates an anomaly between the catchment for Corneli Primary and the catchments for the two comprehensive schools.

  • The council’s strategy is to reduce the number of surplus places at schools to no more than 10% where possible. At present the proportion of surplus places at Cynffig Comprehensive is 38%, while at Porthcawl it is 7%. In terms of numbers, there are 414 surplus places in Cynffig and 114 in Porthcawl.

  • The council is mindful of the planned regeneration of Porthcawl and the need to accommodate the expected increase in the number of primary and secondary aged children residing in Porthcawl. 1,350 residential units are planned for Porthcawl and the anticipated need for additional secondary school places is estimated to be 151. The size of the buildings at Porthcawl does not allow for expansion to accommodate any more pupils and while there is surplus land nearby, there is no business case or funding for further investment on the Porthcawl site planned at this time.

  • Furthermore, the current situation also has implications for school transport, where children resident in North Cornelly and living within the catchment area for Porthcawl, plus those in South Cornelly all receive free transport to Porthcawl.  This provision costs the council £250 per day (£47.5K per annum). If the proposed change is agreed the council would still have a commitment to transport children already attending Porthcawl, however this would reduce over a 5 year period when the council’s obligation to those children already in Porthcawl Comprehensive School would cease.

What are the advantages if the proposal goes ahead?

  • The change will enable the local authority to fulfil its statutory role regarding the planning of school places.

  • The council’s stated aim providing local schools to serve their local communities will be achieved.

  • Remove the confusion that many parents face, especially in Heol Las, in choosing their child’s school.

  • The proposal will not affect a parent’s right to state a preference for either school.

  • Parents/carers will have a greater degree of certainty over being able to obtain a place at their local catchment area school.

What are the potential disadvantages if the proposal goes ahead?

  • The historic pattern of children attending either school may be disrupted.

  • It may increase the potential for siblings to be attending different schools.

  • The potential for a loss of per pupil funding for Porthcawl Comprehensive School should children attend Cynffig Comprehensive School as their new catchment area school.

The consultation process

The consultation on any change to a school catchment area should coincide with the formal consultation on the local authority’s admission arrangements. This consultation period started on 1 September 2013 and must be completed by 1 March 2014. The outcome will be reported to Bridgend Council’s Cabinet for their consideration. This process will allow the local authority’s admissions policy to be approved by the 15 April 2014.

If Cabinet decide to proceed with the proposed change, it will be implemented for the first time in the admissions round for children due to start secondary education for the first time in September 2015.

Impact Assessment: Community

The proposal is not likely to have any effect on community use of the school buildings.

Impact Assessment: Equalities

As part of the overall process, the council has a duty to consider if people with protected characteristics (age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy or maternity, marriage or civil partnership, or transgender status) will be or may be affected by the proposal. This allows the council to take any actions to address any adverse effects.

An equality screening assessment has been carried out in relation to this proposal, and a full equality impact assessment will be undertaken alongside the consultation process. The outcomes and actions identified by this assessment will form part of the report to Cabinet on the outcomes of the consultation process. If you have any views on the potential of this proposal to impact upon any groups or individuals either positively or negatively, based on their protected characteristic then we would welcome your comments as part of this consultation.

What do you now have to consider?

You are invited to consider the proposal and submit your views as to whether or not you support the proposal to re-align the boundary between both schools, as shown on the map accompanying the consultation response form.

How do you make your views known?

The council would like to hear your views on this proposal. Please complete the attached consultation response form and return it to:

Mrs Deborah McMillan
Corporate Director – Children
Children’s Directorate
Sunnyside
Bridgend
CF31 4AR

Please mark for the attention of Helen Shepherd, or e-mail to helen.shepherd2@bridgend.gov.uk

All views must be received by no later than 28 February 2014.

The consultation paper will also available on the Bridgend Council website  www.bridgend.gov.uk

To request this consultation document and survey in alternative languages or formats, or to request additional paper copies, please contact Helen Shepherd on 01656 642474 or email:    Helen.shepherd2@bridgend.gov.uk

Consultation response form

Cynffig Comprehensive School and Porthcawl Comprehensive School Catchment Area Review

We invite your views on the proposed change to the Cynffig Comprehensive School and Porthcawl Comprehensive School catchment area boundary.

A school's catchment area is a geographical boundary that identifies which school children normally attend, and is therefore used in the admissions process.

It is proposed to move the boundary from its current position (shown as the solid line on the plan below) south to the dotted line.

 Porthcawl Cynffig boundary

Do you agree or disagree with the proposal to make a change to the catchment areas of Cynffig Comprehensive School and Porthcawl Comprehensive School

Agree

Disagree

Not sure

Please provide reason for you choice in the space provided below:

 

It will help us to analyse responses if we know more about you.

Please complete the following details:-

I am a:

Parent/carer

My child currently attends:

My child has not yet started school:

I am a:

Governor

At what school?

I am a:

Pupil

What school do you attend?

I am a:

Member of school staff

What school do you work at?

I am:

Other

Please specify

What is your post code?

Are there any other comments you wish to make on the proposal (Use a separate sheet if required).

As part of the overall process, the council has a duty to consider if people with protected characteristics (age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy or maternity, marriage or civil partnership, or transgender status) will be or may be affected by the proposal. This allows the council to take any actions to address any adverse effects.

An equality screening assessment has been carried out in relation to this proposal, and a full equality impact assessment will be undertaken alongside the consultation process. The outcomes and actions identified by this assessment will form part of the report to Cabinet on the outcomes of the consultation process. If you have any views on the potential of this proposal to impact upon any groups or individuals either positively or negatively, based on their protected characteristic then we would welcome your comments as part of this consultation.

Please return no later than 28 February 2014 to:

Helen Shepherd, Children’s Directorate, Bridgend County Borough Council, Sunnyside BRIDGEND

CF31 4AR

or via email to:  Helen.shepherd2@bridgend.gov.uk

Thank you for your response.

 

This consultation is now closed

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