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Update November 2017: School changes 2018 – Abersychan Brynteg nursery and Cwmffrwdoer, Garnteg and Victoria primaries

We promised in the summer that we would keep you updated with the progress being made to support the changes in 2018.

The council and the schools met again before the half term holiday to discuss and plan the current priorities and we hope you will find the following updates helpful:

  • The Admissions & Transfer Team would like to thank everybody at Victoria Primary for returning their school transfer preference forms by the deadline. These are now being processed and parents will be sent letters informing them of the outcome by no later than 30 November 2017. Those who have expressed a preference for Garnteg are guaranteed a place but will still receive a letter.
  • The application process for September 2018 nursery places closed in October 2017 and parents will receive letters informing them of the outcome by no later than 24 November 2017.
  • The application process for September 2018 Reception places will open on 12 December 2017 and close on 26 January 2018.
  • Children transferring from Victoria Primary to another primary school at the end of the 2017-2018 school year will qualify for assistance with some new school uniform items. The council and schools will start to look at the arrangements for that in the New Year.
  • The schools and council are now preparing the plan of activity to prepare children for the moves to their new schools. The activity will help to ensure the children know their destination school before they move, and help to identify and support any anxieties they might have about the changes.
  • The schools continue to work together in their cluster to support curriculum delivery and development across the catchment.
  • Staff in the schools and the council who work with children with additional needs have met to ensure the moves for those children and properly planned and supported on an individual basis.
  • The council’s Human Resources Team are continuing to support the schools and staff with the changes, ahead of the formal process of restructuring which will start in the new year.
  • The council’s Asset Management Team is now looking at the future use of the Brynteg and Victoria sites, the first step of which is to establish whether there is any interest in an alternative use from within the council. More news is expected on this in late November/early December.

The next update will be in January 2018 but please remember that you can ask questions at any time and school and council staff will do their best to answer them.

Update 10 July 2017: School changes 2018 - Abersychan Brynteg nursery and Cwmffrwdoer, Garnteg and Victoria primaries

Some important changes happen next year. Abersychan Brynteg nursery and Victoria primary schools will close in July 2018, and from September 2018 there will be increased provision at Garnteg and Cwmffrwdoer primary schools.

There is lots to think about and lots to do to support the children, parents and staff over the next year.

The council and the four schools are working together to make sure the changes happen as smoothly as possible:

  • In September/October 2017 the council will be contacting parents about their children’s future school choices – where children already at Victoria primary school wish to transfer to, and where children who would have been going to Abersychan Brynteg nursery will go from September 2018.
  • To help parents and children with the those decisions and the changes we will be arranging a number of activities throughout the year such as joint projects, open days and transition days. Your school will make sure you have details of the activities nearer the time.
  • Early in 2018 the council will also need to put plans in place to provide transport for any child who does not have a safe walking route to school, and there will be a consultation to look at this issue.
  • The schools already work together on teaching and learning, and that will continue to ensure that children who change schools continue to do well. Staff in schools and the council will also be looking closely at the needs of children with additional educational needs during this time.
  • We know that people respond differently to change, and support will be provided to children and adults who are anxious about the changes.
  • Staff will be thinking about their futures and will be being supported with those decisions throughout the year.

Lots more information will be made available in the coming months, and the council and schools will be meeting regularly to make sure that everything that needs to be done is done. That information will appear in newsletters from the schools and on their websites and on the council’s website.

Update 6th June 2017: Croesyceiliog School - Plans for new school

Croesyceiliog School - Plans for new school

In accordance with Torfaen County Borough Council’s 21st Century Schools Programme, and following a period of statutory consultation, the Council is preparing to invest in a new secondary school on the existing Croesyceiliog School site. Before we submit a planning application we are inviting comment from those with an interest in the school and school site. The attachments that follow are the formal notice inviting comment, and key documents which will eventually need to be finalised and submitted as part of a full planning application.

This application will provide details of an 11-18 place school on the site, but it should be noted that Torfaen County Borough Council is currently awaiting a decision from Welsh Government on its proposal to end 6th form provision within the County Borough at the end of the 2018/19 academic year session, with pupils attending a new Sixth Form Centre for their Post 16 education from 1st September 2019.

To find out more information about the proposal, you are invited to a public consultation ‘drop in’ event to be held at the school on Thursday 15th June between 4pm - 7pm. 

Video

Reports

Drawings

Site Plans & Sections

Landscape Details

School -  plans, elevations and sections

Sports, Hub and Sixth Form building - plans, elevations and sections

Your comments can be submitted by post and via email up until Tuesday 4th July. Emails can be sent to Coral Ducroq at consultation@stridetreglown.com. Letters can be sent to: Coral Ducroq, Town Planner, Stride Treglown Ltd, Treglown Court, Dowlais Road, Cardiff, CF24 5LQ

Update 23rd March 2017: Croesyceiliog School and the Review of Post 16 Education Provision in Torfaen -  Availability of final Objection Reports and Decisions

At the meeting held on Tuesday 14th March 2017, Torfaen County Borough Council’s Cabinet determined the proposals as they affect the above mentioned schools/provision following the conclusion of the statutory objection period, specifically:

  1. a reduction in  the 11 – 16 capacity of Croesyceiliog School to 1200 places with effect from 1st September 2018
  2. the establishment of a 6th form Centre for Torfaen with effect from 1st September 2019
  3. regulated alterations made to Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran High School and St Alban’s RC High School by ending 6th form provision with effect from 1st September 2019

The cabinet considered the proposals, the statutory objections submitted and the Local Authority response in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013.  It was noted that there were 4 statutory objections in relation to the Croesyceiliog proposal and 81 in relation to the Post 16 proposal. These are detailed in the respective objection reports.

The cabinet decided to approve all the proposals and the changes will be implemented as detailed above.

Please note that in accordance with the Council’s Constitution, the above mentioned decisions were subject to a challenge process.  As no challenges were received by the deadline (i.e. Noon on Wednesday 22nd March 2017) the decisions may be implemented on or after Thursday 23rd March 2017.

A link to the Cabinet meeting, reports, decisions and reasons for decisions can be found here: http://moderngov.torfaen.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=1801&Ver=4

The Croesyceiliog Objection Report is here and the Post 16 Objection Report is here.

Hard copies of the respective final objection reports are also available on request and can be obtained by telephoning or emailing  Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

In the case of the Post 16 proposals (points ii) & iii) above) it is important to note that now council has agreed  to proceed, the matter will be referred to Welsh Ministers who will ultimately determine these proposals in light of the objections received and the content of the objection report.

In accordance with the School Organisation Code, decisions must be made and issued in writing and must set out clearly the reasons for the decision.  Please note therefore that as soon as Welsh Ministers have determined these proposals  the council will notify all stakeholders of that decision.

Update 7th March 2017: Croesyceiliog School and the Review of Post 16 Education Provision in Torfaen – Outcome of Statutory notice period

At a meeting to be held on 14th March 2017, Cabinet will consider reports in respect of the above mentioned proposals, and determine them following the conclusion of the statutory objection periods.

If agreed, the proposals will see:

  1. A reduction in the 11 – 16 capacity of Croesyceiliog School to 1200 places with effect from 1st September 2018.
  2. The establishment of a 6th form Centre for Torfaen with effect from 1st September 2019.
  3. Regulated alterations made to Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran High School and St Alban’s RC High School by ending 6th form provision with effect from 1st September 2019.

As part of this process and in order to determine the proposals, Cabinet will also consider draft Objection Reports, one for the Post 16 proposals and one for Croesyceiliog School. This is a summary of the statutory objections received and the Council’s responses to those statutory objections. The draft objection reports are attached as appendices to the reports. A link to the cabinet meeting (agenda/papers/draft objection reports) is here: http://moderngov.torfaen.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=1801&Ver=4

In the case of the Post 16 proposals (points ii) & iii) above) it is important to note that if the decision of the council is to proceed, the matter will be referred to Welsh Ministers who will ultimately determine the proposal in light of the objections received and the content of the objection report.

Hard copies of the draft Objection Report are available on request.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update - 26th January 2017 - Croesyceiliog School and the Review of Post 16 Education Provision in Torfaen - Publication of Statutory notices

At their meeting held on Tuesday 17th January 2017, Council Cabinet decided to proceed with reorganisation proposals as follows:-

  • a) to publish statutory notices to reduce the 11 – 16 capacity of Croesyceiliog School and at the same time set an Admission Number (AN) of 240 with effect from 1st September 2018;
  • b) to publish statutory notices to make a regulated alteration to Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran High School and St Alban’s RC High School by ending 6th form provision with effect from 1st September 2019;
  • c) to publish statutory notices to establish a 6th Form Centre for Torfaen with effect from 1st September 2019;
  • d) to receive a further report in March 2017 following the end of the statutory notice period with a view to making a recommendation on how to proceed.

In accordance with section 5.10 of the Council’s Constitution, the above mentioned decisions were  subject to a challenge process. Challenges had to be notified to the Chief Executive and the Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer by Noon on Wednesday 25th January 2017. Please note that in this instance, the decisions were not subject to a challenge.

The Council must now publish these proposals by way of a statutory notice. Copies of the two statutory notices are here: Post 16 Education Notice, Croesyceiliog School Notice.

Anyone wishing to make an objection to these proposals can do so. To be considered as a statutory objection, objections must be made in writing or by email, and sent to the Council within 28 days of the date on which the proposals were published. This is referred to as the objection period.

Notices will be published on Thursday 26th January 2017 and address/email details for objections are provided.

The notices will be published:

  • on the council website
  • on or near the main entrance of the schools which are the subject of the proposals
  • by providing schools which are the subject of these proposals with copies of the notice to distribute to pupils, parents/carers, and staff (schools may distribute the notice by email)
  • by notifying prescribed consultees as listed in the School Organisation Code

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update: 10th January 2017 - Croesyceiliog School

The consultation period in respect of the proposal to reduce the 11 - 16 capacity of Croesyceiliog School closed on Monday 28th November 2016. In accordance with the Welsh Government School Organisation Code, the Authority must within 13 weeks of the end of this period (in this instance 27th February 2017) allowed for responses (and in any event prior to publication of proposals) publish a consultation report which:

  • Summarises each of the issues raised by consultees
  • Responds to these by means of clarification, amendment to the proposal(s) or rejection of the concerns, with supporting reasons; and
  • Sets out Estyn’s view (as provided in its consultation response) of the overall merits of the proposal(s)

The consultation report in relation to this proposal is here.

An executive summary of this document is available in the medium of Welsh and is available here.

This consultation report will also appear as an appendix to a report on the outcome of the consultation process and to consider the next steps, that will be considered by Cabinet at its meeting to be held on Tuesday 17th January 2017. A link to the agenda/report is here:

http://moderngov.torfaen.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=1799&Ver=4

If you require a paper copy of the consultation report or any further information please contact Mark Horton by telephoning 01495 766910, or emailing: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk.

Update: 10th January 2017 - Review of Post 16 Education in Torfaen

The consultation period in respect of the proposals to i) Establish a 6th Form Centre for Torfaen and ii) make a regulated alteration to Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran High School and St Alban’s RC High School by ending 6th form provision closed on Friday 23rd December 2016. In accordance with the Welsh Government School Organisation Code, the Authority must within 13 weeks of the end of this period (in this instance 24th March 2017) allowed for responses (and in any event prior to publication of proposals) publish a consultation report which:

  • Summarises each of the issues raised by consultees
  • Responds to these by means of clarification, amendment to the proposal(s) or rejection of the concerns, with supporting reasons; and
  • Sets out Estyn’s view (as provided in its consultation response) of the overall merits of the proposal(s)

Copies of the replies from elected representatives and public bodies can be viewed here.

The consultation report in relation to this proposal is here.

An executive summary of this document is available in the medium of Welsh and is available here.

This consultation report will also appear as an appendix to a report on the outcome of the consultation process and to consider the next steps, that will be considered by Cabinet at its meeting to be held on Tuesday 17th January 2017. A link to the agenda/report is here:

http://moderngov.torfaen.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=1799&Ver=4

If you require a paper copy of the consultation report or any further information please contact Mark Horton by telephoning 01495 766910, or emailing: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk.

Update: 2nd December 2016 - Coed Eva Primary – Plans for new teaching block and other site changes

Following the devastating fire which destroyed half of Coed Eva Primary school on New Year’s Day 2016, and the work to make temporary arrangements to get the school fully up and running again, the council is now preparing to invest £3,700,000 in new facilities on the site.

Before we submit a planning application we are inviting comment from those with an interest in the school and school site. The attachments that follow are the formal notice inviting comment, and key documents which will eventually need to be finalised and submitted as part of a planning application for the improvements we intend to make:

Site Plans

Anyone who wishes to make representations about this proposed development must write to the Education Service, c/o John Tushingham, Torfaen County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pontypool, Torfaen NP4 6YB, or via email to john.tushingham@torfaen.gov.uk by 4 January 2017.

Update: 11th November 2016 - Review of Post 16 Education in Torfaen

At its meeting held on 13th September 2016, Torfaen County Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed to commence consultation on the following proposals in relation to Post 16 provision in Torfaen:

  • Establish a 6th Form Centre for Torfaen and
  • Make a regulated alteration to Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran High School and St Alban’s RC High School by ending sixth form provision

It is further proposed that these proposals are implemented on 1st September 2019.

The regulations require that consultees must be given at least 42 days to respond to the consultation document, with at least 20 of these being school days. Taking this into account, the consultation period will begin on Friday 11th November 2016 and will close on Friday 23rd December 2016.

The Consultation Document in relation to these proposal is here.

An Executive Summary of this document is available in the medium of Welsh and is available here.

Any comments/observations on the proposal can be made:

  • By writing to Mr Dermot McChrystal, Head of Education Services (FAO Mark Horton) c/o Torfaen County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pontypool, Torfaen NP4 6YB.
  • By email: secondaryreview@torfaen.gov.uk
  • By attending one of the consultation “drop - in” events (details below) and completing a response proforma (attached to the Consultation document) and returning it to the above address.

Separate arrangements will be made for children and young people to participate in the consultation, which will include the views of school councils.

The consultation “drop in”  events have been arranged as follows:

Day/DateTineVenueIntended Audience
Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 4.30pm – 6.30pm Pontypool Active Living Centre.
NP4 8AT
Pupils & students; Staff (teaching, non-teaching and Support) from schools and Coleg Gwent; Governors; Parents/carers; Local residents; Statutory consultees and other interested parties.
Monday, 5th December 2016 4.30pm – 6.30pm Cwmbran Stadium.
NP44 3YS
Wednesday, 14th December 2016 5.00pm – 7.00pm Blaenavon Community Campus.
NP4 9AW

Officers will attend these “drop-in” sessions to answer questions and ensure comments/views made are recorded to allow Elected Members to make an informed decision at the appropriate time.

For further information, or if you require paper copies of the above mentioned documents please telephone 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update: 17th October 2016:  Croesyceiliog School

At its meeting held on 13th September 2016, Torfaen County Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed to commence consultation on a proposal that would see a “regulated alteration” made to Croesyceiliog School. Specifically, the proposal would see a reduction in the 11 to 16 capacity of the school to 1200 places. It is further proposed that this proposal is implemented on 1st  September 2018.

It should be noted that a separate consultation will be undertaken  in due course in relation to making a regulated alteration to Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran High School and St Alban’s RC High School by ending 6th Form provision and establishing a 6th Form Centre for Torfaen. These particular proposals will be outlined in a separate consultation document.

The regulations require that consultees must be given at least 42 days to respond to the document, with at least 20 of these being school days. Taking this into account, the consultation period will begin on 17th October 2016 and will close on Monday 28th November 2016.

Any comments/observations on the proposal can be made:

  • By writing to Mr Dermot McChrystal, Head of Education Services (FAO Mark Horton) c/o Torfaen County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pontypool, Torfaen NP4 6YB
  • By email: secondaryreview@torfaen.gov.uk
  • By completing a response proforma (attached as an appendix to the consultation document) and returning it to the above mentioned address

The Consultation Document in relation to this proposal is here.

An Executive Summary of this document is available in the medium of Welsh and is available here.

For further information, or if you require paper copies of the above mentioned documents please telephone 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update: 13th September 2016: Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School, Cwmffrwdoer, Garnteg and Victoria Primary Schools

Cabinet agreed on 12 July 2016 to close Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary schools and extend provision at Cwmffrwdoer Primary and Garnteg Primary schools.

At its meeting held on 13th September 2016, Cabinet agreed to modify the implementation date for the following proposals to 1st September 2018:

  • the closure of Victoria Primary School with the dispersal of pupils to neighbouring schools (predominantly Garnteg Primary School);
  • the closure of Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School;
  • the extension of Garnteg Primary School;
  • the extension of Cwmffrwdoer Primary School, and at the same time an increase the age range from 4 to 11 years to 3 to 11 to provide nursery provision; and
  • an adjustment/reallocation to catchment areas as follows:
    • current Victoria Primary School to Garnteg Primary School
    • current Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School to Garnteg Primary School

The reason for the new date is we have experienced a longer than anticipated conclusion to the legal challenge to proposals and also had further exchanges with the Coal Authority about the engineering solution required at Cwmffrwdoer Primary School.

Both of those mean it is not possible to achieve the 2017 deadline and therefore it has been agreed to extend the dates of closure for Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary, and the availability of extended provision at Cwmffrwdoer and Garnteg Primaries to 1st September 2018.

A link to the Cabinet Agenda, Report and decisions for the 13th September 2016 meeting will be available on the following link:

http://moderngov.torfaen.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=1706&Ver=4http://moderngov.torfaen.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=134&MId=1799&Ver=4

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update: 6th September 2016: Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School, Cwmffrwdoer, Garnteg and Victoria Primary Schools

Cabinet agreed on 12 July 2016 to close Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary schools and extend provision at Cwmffrwdoer Primary and Garnteg Primary schools.

At a meeting to be held on 13th September 2016, Cabinet will consider a further report in respect of these schools.

The purpose of the report is to seek approval from Cabinet to modify the implementation dates to the proposals from 1st September 2017 to 1st September 2018, specifically:-

  • the closure of Victoria Primary School with the dispersal of pupils to neighbouring schools (predominantly Garnteg Primary School);
  • the closure of Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School;
  • the extension of Garnteg Primary School;
  • the extension of Cwmffrwdoer Primary School, and at the same time an increase the age range from 4 to 11 years to 3 to 11 to provide nursery provision; and
  • an adjustment/reallocation to catchment areas as follows:
    • current Victoria Primary School to Garnteg Primary School
    • current Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School to Garnteg Primary School

The reason for the new date is we have experienced a longer than anticipated conclusion to the legal challenge to proposals and also had further exchanges with the Coal Authority about the engineering solution required at Cwmffrwdoer Primary School.

Both of those mean it is not possible to achieve the 2017 deadline and we will therefore be asking cabinet on 13th September to agree to extend the dates of closure for Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary, and the availability of extended provision at Cwmffrwdoer and Garnteg Primaries to 1st September 2018.

To deliver all four schemes together, as was originally anticipated, it is necessary to change the implementation date to 1 September 2018.

A link to the Cabinet Report 13th September 2016 explaining the background and the reasons is available here.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update: 18th July 2016: Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School, Cwmffrwdoer, Garnteg and Victoria Primary Schools: Availability of Objection Report and Decision Letter

Please note that at the meeting held on 12th July 2016, Torfaen County Borough Council’s Cabinet determined the proposals as they affect the above mentioned schools following the conclusion of the statutory objection period, specifically:

  • the closure of Victoria Primary School with the dispersal of pupils to neighbouring schools (predominantly Garnteg Primary School) with effect from 1st September 2017
  • the closure of Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School with effect from 1st September 2017
  • the extension of Garnteg Primary School with the new provision available with effect from 1st September 2017
  • the extension of Cwmffrwdoer Primary School, and at the same time an increase in the age range from 4 to 11 to 3 to 11 to provide nursery provision. The nursery provision and extended provision to be available with effect from 1st September 2017
  • an adjustment/reallocation to catchment areas as follows:
    • current Victoria Primary School to Garnteg Primary School
    • current Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School to Garnteg Primary School

The cabinet considered the proposals, the statutory objections submitted and the Local Authority response in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2013. It was noted that there were 770 statutory objections. These are detailed in the objection report.

The cabinet decided to approve all the proposals and the changes will be implemented on 1st September 2017.

The decision letter and the objection report is in relation to the above mentioned proposals is available here.

A hard copy of the objection report is also available on request and can be obtained by telephoning or emailing Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

A link to the Cabinet Report - 12 July 2016 in relation to these proposals is available here.

Please note that in accordance with the Council’s Constitution, the above mentioned decisions were subject to a challenge process. As no challenges were received by the deadline (i.e. Noon on Monday 18th July 2016) the decisions may be implemented on or after Tuesday 19th July 2016.

It should also be noted that although the council made a determination to proceed, that decision will not be implemented until the outcome of the ongoing legal proceedings is known.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update July 2016: Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School, Cwmffrwdoer, Garnteg and Victoria Primary Schools

At a meeting to be held on Tuesday 12th July 2016, Cabinet will consider a report in respect of the above mentioned schools, and determine the proposals following the conclusion of the statutory objection period. If agreed the proposals will see:

  • the closure of Victoria Primary School with the dispersal of pupils to neighbouring schools (predominantly Garnteg Primary School) with effect from 1st September 2017
  • the closure of Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School with effect from 1st September 2017
  • the extension of Garnteg Primary School with the new provision available with effect from 1st September 2017
  • the extension of Cwmffrwdoer Primary School, and at the same time an increase the age range from 4 to 11 years to 3 to 11 to provide nursery provision. The nursery provision and extended provision to be available with effect from 1st September 2017
  • an adjustment/reallocation to catchment areas as follows:
    • current Victoria Primary School to Garnteg Primary School
    • current Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School to Garnteg Primary School

As part of this process and in order to determine the proposal, Cabinet will also consider a draft Objection Report. This is a summary of the statutory objections received and the Council’s responses to those statutory objections.

A link to the Cabinet Report - 12 July 2016 in relation to these proposals is available here.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update June 2016: Blenheim Road and Llantarnam Community Primary Schools and Ysgol Panteg

At its meeting held on 7th June 2016, Cabinet considered and approved a report in respect of the above mentioned schools.

The purpose of the report was to seek approval from Cabinet to modify the implementation dates for the three new primary school buildings from 1 September 2016 to the following:

  • Llantarnam Community Primary School - Monday 31st October 2016
  • Blenheim Road Community Primary School - Monday 31st October 2016
  • Ysgol Panteg - Monday 27th February 2017

A link to the Cabinet Report - 7 June 2016 explaining the background and the reasons is available here.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update March 2016: Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School, Cwmffrwdoer, Garnteg and Victoria Primary Schools

At their meeting held on Tuesday 9th February 2016, Council Cabinet decided to proceed with reorganisation proposals as follows:-

  • to publish statutory notices to discontinue Victoria Primary School with the dispersal of pupils to neighbouring schools (predominantly Garnteg Primary School) with effect from 1st September 2017;
  • to publish statutory notices to discontinue Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School with effect from 1st September 2017;
  • to publish statutory notices to extend Garnteg Primary School with the new extended provision available with effect from 1st September 2017;
  • to publish statutory notices to extend Cwmffrwdoer Primary School, and at the same time increase the age range from 4 to 11 years to 3 to 11 to provide nursery provision. The nursery provision and extended provision to be available with effect from 1st September 2017;
  • adjust/reallocate catchment areas as follows:
    • current Victoria Primary School to Garnteg Primary School
    • current Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School to Garnteg Primary School, and
  • to receive a further report in March/April 2016 following the end of the statutory notice period with a view to making a recommendation on how to proceed.

In accordance with section 5.10 of the Council’s Constitution, the above mentioned decisions were subject to a challenge process. Challenges had to be notified to the Chief Executive and the Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 17th February 2016.

Please note that this decision was subject to a challenge but the decision was confirmed on 1st March 2016.

The Council must now publish these proposals by way of a statutory notice. Copies of the statutory notices are available below:

Anyone wishing to make an objection to these proposals can do so. To be considered as a statutory objection, objections must be made in writing or by email, and sent to the Council within 28 days of the date on which the proposals were published. This is referred to as the objection period.

Notices will be published on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 and address/email details for objections are provided.

The notices will be published:

  • on the council website
  • on or near the main entrance of the schools which are the subject of the proposals
  • By providing schools which are the subject of these proposals with copies of the notice to distribute to pupils, parents/carers, and staff(schools may distribute the notice by email).

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update February 2016 - Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary Schools

The consultation period in respect of proposals to discontinue Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary Schools, closed on Monday 4th January 2016. In accordance with the Welsh Government School Organisation Code, the Authority must now publish a consultation report within 13 weeks of the end of this period allowed for responses (and in any event prior to publication of proposals) which:

  • Summarises each of the issues raised by consultees
  • Responds to these by means of clarification, amendment to the proposal or rejection of the concerns, with supporting reasons; and
  • Sets out Estyn’s view (as provided in its consultation response) of the overall merits of the proposal.

The Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary Schools consultation report can be viewed here. Alternatively, a paper copy can be provided upon request by telephoning or emailing Mark Horton (mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk). Tel: 01495 766910.

In the interest of openness a request was made for all correspondence received in respect of these proposals to be made public. Therefore, the Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary Schools redacted responses to the consultation can be viewed here.

Please also note that this consultation report will appear as an appendix to a report on the outcome of the consultation process and to consider the next steps, that will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet at a meeting to be held on Tuesday 9th February 2016.

Update December 2015: Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary Schools

At the public consultation meeting held on 3 December to discuss the closure proposal for Victoria Primary School, people also expressed interest in seeing the traffic assessments carried out relating to the proposed changes to Garnteg and Cwmffrwdoer Primary schools. The Garnteg Primary School Transport Statement and Cwmffrwdoer Primary School Transport Assessment can be seen here.

If you require any further information regarding this proposal please contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update: November 2015 - Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary Schools

The council published a consultation document on 12th November 2015 (Title:- Victoria Primary & Abersychan Brynteg Nursery Schools: Consultation Document) regarding proposals to close Victoria and Abersychan Brynteg schools.

To supplement that consultation paper we have put together a question and answer paper which specifically addresses questions that we have received to date.

The consultation remains open for you to comment until Monday 4th January 2016 and at the end of that period we will produce a consultation report which will include these questions and answers and address any others which we receive in the meantime.

We hope you will find the question and answer sheet helpful. The “Victoria Primary and Abersychan Brynteg Nursery Schools Questions and Answers” paper is here.

If you require any further information regarding this proposal please contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary Schools - November 2015

Following its meeting held on 6th October 2015, Cabinet agreed to commence statutory consultation in relation to the proposed closure of Abersychan Brynteg Nursery and Victoria Primary Schools. It is proposed that the schools will close at the end of the 2016/17 academic session with children attending alternative settings from 1st September 2017.

Consultation on these proposals will now run from Thursday 12th November 2015 to Monday 4th January 2016 with public engagement events held as follows:

  • Thursday 3rd December 2015 (6.00 – 7.30pm) at Victoria Primary School
  • Monday 7th December 2015 (6.00 – 7.30pm) at Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School

Officers will attend these sessions to answer questions and ensure all comments/views made are recorded to allow Elected Members to make an informed decision at the appropriate time.

The Victoria Primary and Abersychan Brynteg Nursery Schools Consultation Document is available here.

If you would like to comment on the proposals you can: By email: primaryreview@torfaen.gov.uk or write to Mr Dermot McChrystal, Head of Education Services, c/o Torfaen County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 6YB (FAO Mark Horton) or complete the proforma attached to the consultation document or use the Council’s online consultation tool, “My Say”.

If you require any further information regarding this proposal please contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Cwmffrwdoer and Garnteg Primary Schools - September/October 2015

The consultation period in respect of proposals to expand Cwmffrwdoer and Garnteg Primary schools and in the case of Cwmffrwdoer, extend the age range to 3 – 11, closed on Monday 13th July 2015. In accordance with the Welsh Government School Organisation Code, the Authority must now publish a consultation report within 13 weeks of the end of this period allowed for responses (and in any event prior to publication of proposals) which:

  • Summarises each of the issues raised by consultees
  • Responds to these by means of clarification, amendment to the proposal or rejection of the concerns, with supporting reasons; and
  • Sets out Estyn’s view (as provided in its consultation response) of the overall merits of the proposal.

The Consultation Report: Review of Primary School Provision in the North of the Borough can be viewed here. Alternatively, a paper copy can be provided upon request by telephoning or emailing Mark Horton (mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk). Tel: 01495 766910.

Please also note that this consultation report will appear as an appendix to a report on the outcome of the consultation process and to consider the next steps, that will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet at a meeting to be held on Tuesday 6th October 2015.

Pontnewynydd Primary School Closure Update - July 2015

The final transition meeting has taken place in relation to the closure of Pontnewynydd Primary School. All the children have now been placed in other local schools for September and have had 2 transition event days at the receiving schools to help them begin to get used to the different surroundings.

The works to Penygarn Community Primary School are due to be completed this summer.

With regards to school uniform, all pupils displaced this summer from Pontnewynydd Primary School are eligible for some free school uniform which will be funded by the Education Service. Uniform entitlement is 2 polo shirts and 2 sweatshirts/cardigans. Any additional items will have to be purchased by the parent/carer.

Where the child is going determines where parents/carers should order their uniform from as follows:

Uniform Suppliers
Name of schoolUniform Supplier
Blaenavon Heritage VC Cottonfield Embroidery and Print
Cwmffrwdoer Ruck um Maul Sports Ltd. or Pretty Miss
Garnteg Ruck um Maul Sports Ltd. or Pretty Miss
George Street Ruck um Maul Sports Ltd. or Pretty Miss
Griffithstown Pretty Miss
Henllys CiW Pretty Miss
Padre Pio Pretty Miss
Penygarn Primary Contact the school direct who will organise your order. Their telephone number is 01495 742090.
Victoria Ruck um Maul Sports Ltd. or Pretty Miss
Usk CiW Pretty Miss

The shops have a list of names of pupils who are entitled to uniform paid for by the Education Service as a result of the closure.

Cottonfield Embroidery and Print Blaenavon
Tel: 01495 793101
Contact: Dean Williams

Ruck Um Maul Sports Ltd. Unit 27, Wainfelin, Pontypool, Gwent, NP4 6PB
Tel: 01495 769467
Contact: Graham Smith

Pretty Miss, Caradoc Road, Cwmbran, Gwent, NP44 1PP
Tel: 01633 484408
Contact: Lucy Ford

Should you have any queries regarding the transfer process, please do not hesitate to contact Kath Worwood on 01495 766915 or email kath.worwood@torfaen.gov.uk.

If you have any queries relating to uniform or anything else, please contact Steve Tong on 01495 766945 or email steve.tong@torfaen.gov.uk

Cwmffrwdoer and Garnteg Primary Schools - June 2015

Following its meeting held on 28th April 2015, Cabinet agreed to commence statutory consultation in relation to the expansion of Cwmffrwdoer and Garnteg Primary Schools and in the case of Cwmffrwdoer Primary an extension of the age range from 4 to 11 to 3 to 11 to accommodate a nursery. It is proposed that the new facilities will be fully implemented by September 2017.

Consultation on these proposals will now run from Monday 1st June to Monday 13th July 2015 with public engagement events held as follows:

  • Wednesday 10th June 2015 (3.30 - 6.30pm) at Cwmffrwdoer Primary School.
  • Thursday 2nd July 2015 (3.30 - 6.30pm) at Garnteg Primary School

These will be “drop in” events meaning interested parties can attend at a time that is convenient to them.

The review of primary school provision in the north of the borough - consultation document is available here. An Executive Summary in Welsh is also available.

If you would like to comment on the proposals you can:

  • Email: primaryreview@torfaen.gov.uk
  • Write to: Mr Dermot McChrystal, Head of Education Services, c/o Torfaen County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 6YB (FAO Mark Horton)
  • Complete the proforma attached to the consultation document or use the Council’s online consultation tool “My Say”.

If you require any further information regarding this proposal please contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

3 New Primary Schools - March 2015

The council has appointed Willmott Dixon Construction Limited to carry out the initial phase of developing the designs of 3 new primary schools to be built in Torfaen:

  • Blenheim Road Community Primary School - replacement on the current site
  • Ysgol Panteg - replacement of the Griffithstown and Kemys Fawr sites on a new site on Station Road
  • Llantarnam Community Primary School - replacement on the site of Llantarnam secondary school

All 3 primary schools will be based on the same design. Blenheim Road Community Primary and Llantarnam Community Primary will have 315 pupil places and Ysgol Panteg will have 420 pupil places. The design is such that Blenheim Road and Llantarnam can be extended to 420 places in the future should it be required.

Planning applications for the 3 sites were submitted on 27th February. Site plans and building layouts have been developed in support of the planning application. The detail design work will be completed by July 2015 to allow construction to commence in the summer holidays.

As Blenheim Road Community Primary is being replaced on the site of the existing school, the infant building will be vacated in the Easter holidays. The classes and private nursery provision in that building will move into vacant classrooms in the junior building. Work is underway to prepare the classrooms and external environment.

During the summer holiday, work will also be carried out at Blenheim Road to provide a temporary play area as the existing ones will be taken over by the construction site. The main contractor and the council will work closely with the school to ensure the safety of its pupils and staff is kept paramount.

The construction period will last 1 year and all 3 schools are planned to be ready for September 2016.

Concept site plans and building layouts can be found on the following links:

The Education Service is going to hold 3 public drop-in events, one for each school on the following dates, where the plans and layouts will be on display. Representatives from the Education Service, our Construction Division, the Architect and Main Contractor will also be in attendance to answer questions. Dates of the exhibitions are as follows:

  • Tuesday 10th March - 3.30pm to 6.30pm - Llantarnam Community Primary School, Green Willows, Oakfield, Cwmbran, NP44 3DU
  • Thursday 12th March - 3.30pm to 6.30pm - Blenheim Road Community Primary School, Blenheim Road, St. Dials, Cwmbran, NP44 4SZ
  • Friday 20th March - 3.30pm to 6.30pm - Ysgol Panteg at the Kemys Fawr site, Elm Grove, Sebastopol, Pontypool, NP4 5DD

If you have any queries about the project, please contact Steve Tong on 01495 766945 or email steve.tong@torfaen.gov.uk

Pontnewynydd Primary School Closure Update - February 2015

Two Transition meetings have now been held with council officers, headteachers and chairs of governors of Pontnewynydd and Penygarn schools.

Parents/carers of Pontnewynydd Primary School will be notified of the outcome of their child’s transfer application on 13th February. This will then enable us to finalise the remodelling of Penygarn Community Primary School after half term with a view to starting the works at Easter. The works will be completed by September 2015.

Transition events for pupils (both in-school and out-of-school activities) will be planned in more detail after half term. They will include some Easter holiday activities at Cold Barn Farm.

Should any parents/carers still wish to visit Penygarn School, the head teacher and governors operate an ‘open door’ policy - just telephone the school on 01495 742090 to arrange a visit.

Should you have any queries regarding the transfer process, please do not hesitate to contact Kath Worwood on 01495 766915 or email kath.worwood@torfaen.gov.uk.

If you have any queries relating the overall transition process, please contact Steve Tong on 01495 766945 or email steve.tong@torfaen.gov.uk.

Pontnewynydd Primary School Closure Update - Autumn 2014

As part of Torfaen’s 21st Century Schools Programme and following a period of statutory consultation, it has been approved by the Council that the school will close on 31st August 2015.

Transition Process

A transition process is underway to ensure a smooth transfer for pupils and staff leading up to the closure of Pontnewynydd Primary School. The expectation is that the majority of pupils will transfer to Penygarn Community Primary School. Some internal remodelling of Penygarn School is required in order to accommodate the additional pupils from Pontnewynydd School whilst retaining Crownbridge at Penygarn and the Community facilities. This work will be completed by September 2015.

Penygarn School is planned to then have a significant (c£4m) investment in 2017/18 under the 21st Century Schools Programme.

Transfer Process

Letters have been sent out via the school explaining the transfer process for pupils currently attending Pontnewynydd Primary School. The deadline for returning the form to the school is Friday 23rd January 2015. You will then be informed of the outcome by 13th February 2015.

For a copy of the letter and the transfer form please click on the following links:

Parents/Carers wishing to visit Penygarn or any other schools in the area before submitting transfer forms are invited to contact the schools direct. Visit the schools directory for contact details.

Should you have any queries regarding the transfer process, please do not hesitate to contact Kath Worwood on 01495 766915 or email kath.worwood@torfaen.gov.uk.

If you have any queries relating the overall transition process, please contact Steve Tong on 01495 766945 or email steve.tong@torfaen.gov.uk

Update - 6th November 2014 - New Primary School Proposals

The statutory objection period in relation to the new school proposals for Llantarnam Community Primary School and Ysgol Panteg closed on 22nd October 2014. During this period, no objections to either proposal were received. A report was considered by the Executive Member for Education on 6th November which confirmed the outcome of the statutory objection period and recommended the proposals proceed as outlined in the Statutory notices published on 24th September 2014. Please note that the recommendations were agreed.

A copy of the Report of the Interim Head of Education Services to the Executive Member for Children & Young People - Llantarnam Community Primary School and Ysgol Panteg - Publication of Statutory Notices is attached here for your information.

For further information please contact Mark Horton tel: 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update - 24th September 2014 - New Primary School Proposals

At their meeting held on 16th September 2014, Council Cabinet decided to proceed with the proposed replacement of Blenheim Road Community and Llantarnam Community Primary Schools and Ysgol Panteg. The Council must now publish these proposals by way of a statutory notice. Copies of the Llantarnam Community Primary School Statutory Notice and Ysgol Panteg Statutory Notice are available here. Please note that a statutory notice is not required for the Blenheim Road proposal.

Anyone wishing to make an objection to this proposal can do so. To be considered as a statutory objection, objections must be made in writing or by email, and sent to the Council within 28 days of the date on which the proposal was published. This is referred to as the objection period.

Notices will be published on Wednesday 24th September 2014 and address/email details for objections are provided.

The notice will be published:

  • on the council website
  • on or near the main entrance of the schools which are the subject of the proposal
  • by providing schools which are the subject of this proposal with copies of the notice to distribute to pupils, parents/carers, and staff (schools may distribute the notice by email)
  • prescribed consultees as listed in the School Organisation Code.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update - September 2014 - New Primary School proposals

The consultation period in respect of the following proposals closed on Monday 14th July 2014 (Monday 21st July for Ysgol Panteg):

  • To replace and relocate Llantarnam Community Primary School (to be located on the current Llantarnam secondary School site)
  • To replace and relocate Ysgol Panteg (to be located on the former Avesta steelworks site)
  • To replace Blenheim Road Community School (on its existing site)**

**formal consultation was not required in relation to this specific proposal.

In accordance with the Welsh Government School Organisation Code, the Authority must now publish a consultation report within 13 weeks of the end of this period allowed for responses (and in any event prior to the publication of proposals) which:

  • Summarises each of the issues raised by consultees
  • Responds to these by means of clarification, amendment to the proposal or rejection of the concerns, with supporting reasons
  • Sets out Estyn’s view (as provided in its consultation response) of the overall merits of the proposal.

Copies of the consultation reports are available to download below:

Alternatively a paper copy can be provided upon request by telephoning Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Please also note that these consultation reports will appear as appendices to a report on the outcome of the consultation process and to consider the next steps, that will be considered by the Council Cabinet at a meeting to be held on Tuesday 16th September 2014.

Update - 23 July 2014 - Pontnewynydd Primary School

At its meeting held on 15th July, 2014, Council Cabinet made the following decisions.

Cabinet agreed:

  • To note the outcome of the statutory objection period/process and agree to:
    • The closure of Pontnewynydd Primary School with the dispersal of pupils to neighbouring schools (predominantly Penygarn Primary School) with effect from 1st September 2015
    • To adjust/reallocate catchment areas as follows: Pontnewynydd Primary School to Penygarn Primary School
  • To ensure that transition plans are put in place as soon as possible following this decision to keep any disruption to teaching and learning to an absolute minimum.

Reasons for Decision: as set out in the Cabinet Agenda - 15 July 2014

Consultation: as set out in the Cabinet Agenda - 19 May 2014

In accordance with section 5.10 of the Council’s Constitution, the above mentioned decisions were subject to a challenge process. Challenges had to be notified to the Chief Executive and the Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer by 12.00 noon on Monday 21 July 2014.

Please note that this decision was subject to a challenge but the decision was confirmed on Tuesday 22nd July 2014.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update - July 2014 - Pontnewynydd Primary School

The statutory objection period ended on Monday 30th June 2014. Cabinet will now consider a report to determine this proposal following the conclusion of the statutory objection period. A copy of the Objection Report will also be considered by Cabinet.

A copy of the Cabinet Agenda - 15 July 2014is available here.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update - June 2014

Ysgol Panteg

Following its meeting held on 25th March 2014, Cabinet agreed to commence statutory consultation in relation to the closure (and associated new school development) of the current Ysgol Panteg with effect from September 2016.

This consultation will now run from Monday 9th June to Monday 21st July 2014 with a public engagement event held as follows:

Wednesday 2nd July 2014 (3.30 - 6.30pm) at Ysgol Panteg. This will be a “drop in” event meaning interested parties can attend at a time that is convenient to them.

The Ysgol Panteg consultation document is available here.

If you would like to comment on the proposals you can:

  • By email: primaryreview@torfaen.gov.uk , or
  • write to Mr Dermot McChrystal, Interim Head of Education Services, c/o Torfaen County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 6YB (FAO Mark Horton), or
  • complete the proforma attached to the consultation document and return to address provided or use the Council’s online consultation tool My Say  

If you require any further information regarding this proposal please contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Pontnewynydd Primary School

At their meeting held on 19th May, Council Cabinet decided to proceed with the proposal to close Pontnewynydd Primary School. The Council must now publish this proposal by way of a statutory notice. A copy of the Pontnewynydd Primary School Statutory Notice can be downloaded here.

Anyone wishing to make an objection to this proposal can do so. To be considered as a statutory objection, objections must be made in writing or by email, and sent to the Council within 28 days of the date on which the proposal was published. This is referred to as the objection period.

Notices will be published on Monday 2nd June 2014 and address/email details for objections are provided.

The notice will be published:

  • On the council website
  • On or near the main entrance of the schools which are the subject of the proposal
  • By providing schools which are the subject of this proposal with copies of the notice to distribute to pupils, parents/carers, and staff (schools may distribute the notice by email)
  • Prescribed consultees as listed in the School Organisation Code.

For further information contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email: mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Llantarnam Community Primary School

Following its meeting held on 25th March 2014, Cabinet agreed to commence statutory consultation in relation to the closure (and associated new school development) of the current Llantarnam Community Primary School with effect from September 2016.

This consultation will now run from Monday 2nd June to Monday 14th July 2014 with a public engagement event held as follows:

Tuesday 1st July 2014 (3.30 – 6.30pm) at Llantarnam Community Primary School. This will be a “drop in” event meaning interested parties can attend at a time that is convenient to them.

The Llantarnam Community Primary School Consultation document is available here.

If you would like to comment on the proposals you can:

  • By email: primaryreview@torfaen.gov.uk , or
  • Write to Mr Dermot McChrystal, Interim Head of Education Services, c/o Torfaen County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 6YB (FAO Mark Horton), or
  • Complete the proforma attached to the consultation document or use the Council’s online consultation tool “ My Say ”.

If you require any further information regarding this proposal please contact Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or email mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Update - May 2014

The consultation period in respect of this proposal closed on Monday 28th April 2014. In accordance with the Welsh Government School Organisation Code, the Authority must now publish a consultation report within 13 weeks of the end of this period allowed for responses (and in any event prior to publication of proposals) which:

  • Summarises each of the issues raised by consultees
  • Responds to these by means of clarification, amendment to the proposal or rejection of the concerns, with supporting reasons; and
  • Sets out Estyn’s view (as provided in its consultation response) of the overall merits of the proposal.

A copy of the Consultation Report - Proposed Closure of Pontnewynydd Primary School is available to download here.

Alternatively, a paper copy can be provided upon request by telephoning or email Mark Horton on 01495 766910 or mark.horton@torfaen.gov.uk

Please also note that this consultation report will appear as an appendix to a report on the outcome of the consultation process and to consider the next steps, that will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet at a meeting to be held on Monday 19th May 2014.

Update - March 2014

You will be aware that the Council has agreed to consult on the following:

  • The discontinuation of Pontnewynydd Primary School with the dispersal of pupils to neighbouring schools (predominantly Penygarn Community Primary School ) with effect from 1st September 2015
  • To adjust/reallocate catchment areas as follows:
    • Current Pontnewynydd Primary School to Penygarn Community Primary School
  • To receive a report on the outcome of the above consultation exercise and consider the next steps.

The consultation period initially ran from the 4th November to 16th December 2013 with meetings being held with staff, the governing body and parents/carers and other interested parties.

Following the consultation meetings before Christmas, at which a number of issues were raised about the content of the consultation document, it was decided to provide additional information in the updated document , and give an opportunity to stakeholders to comment further on this proposal. An updated frequently asked questions document is also available here.

The consultation period is therefore being extended to Monday 28th April 2014. Please note, that where interested parties have already contributed comments/views during the initial consultation period then these will be included in the report to Cabinet, meaning they do not need to be re-submitted, although any further comments are welcomed.

Update - October 2013

The Council has received a final decision letter from Welsh Government which confirms the following:

  • To discontinue Pontymoile Primary School from 1st September 2014
  • To establish an Autistic Special Needs Resource Base at Nant Celyn Primary School, Cwmbran from 1st September 2014

As part of the 21st Century Schools programme, the Council has also agreed to consult on the proposal to close Pontnewynydd Primary School from 1st September 2015. A copy of the Pontnewynydd Primary School Consultation Document is available to download here. We have also developed a Frequently Asked Question document which is also available here.

Should you wish to view the most recent ESTYN inspection reports for Pontnewynydd Primary or Penygarn Primary School, or any other school you can do so by visiting  www.estyn.gov.uk .

The following Cabinet reports provide the background to the overall 21st Century Schools strategy:

Last Modified: 14/11/2017
For more information contact:

Forward Planning
Tel: 01495 766910
Email: 21stcenturylearning@torfaen.gov.uk

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