Current proposal FAQ

Parents are concerned at having to make a decision on whether or not to accept the place offered to their child at Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed by 15 March, can this date be extended?

Yes. This date is automatically populated on letters produced by the Education Management System. Given the specific issues and parental concerns surrounding the new school, this deadline date has been extended to 15 April 2016.  

The consultation document refers to 90 pupils in the first year sharing two classrooms and temporary additional provisions. What are these temporary provisions?

Information regarding the accommodation arrangements for September 2016 will be shared once the Governing Body of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon has received the latest plans from the Council. This meeting is scheduled for Monday 21 March 2016. Following this, information will be shared at a meeting specifically for the parents of current Year 6 pupils, due to take place on Thursday 24 March 2016, and will subsequently be made available on the Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed website.  

How many teachers will be available on a daily basis to teach and care for the children?

This is a matter for the headteacher and the temporary Governing Body, but it is anticipated that the teaching staff number will be between 6 and 8 in the first year. A Year 6 parents meeting has been arranged to take place at 6pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon and more information will be shared at this time.  

My child is currently receiving extra support. How will this continue if necessary in the new secondary school?

The Headteacher and her appointed staff will ensure that the needs of all pupils attending this new school are fully met.  

My child has a medical condition that needs to be monitored and cared for, how will this be managed on a daily basis?

The Headteacher will make suitable arrangements to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of all pupils is not compromised in any way. 

Is it correct that parents who choose to send their children to Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw will be required to pay for transport?

The council’s Home to School Transport policy regarding secondary school pupils only applies to children living three miles or more from their catchment school. Parents can elect for their children to attend an alternative school, but if this application is successful, they will not be eligible for assistance with transport costs. If the current proposal is successful, Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed will be the catchment school for all pupils entering Year 7 in September 2016 and therefore the Council will not provide free school transport to any other Welsh-medium secondary school. 

How is transport eligibility assessed?

In determining eligibility, distances are measured by the shortest available walking route between the nearest entrance / front gate of the home and the nearest entrance / gate of the school. The Council will determine this shortest available walking route using specific routing software, and this may not necessarily be the route chosen by the child. The measurement tool has been approved by both the Head of Streetscene and Scrutiny Committee, and for fairness is the only measurement tool that is used by the council.

In assessing a route, the council will deem it as “available” if a child, accompanied as necessary, can walk to school in reasonable safety. It is for parents and not the council to determine whether or not a child needs accompanying. In assessing the availability of a route, the council follows Welsh Government guidelines and will take account of risks and other relevant safety factors, and the assessments take place at the time of day and on the days of the week that pupils would be expected to use the route.

How will the Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon site cope with the additional traffic?

The development of the site will include additional parking facilities for staff at the new school. School buses will use the turning circle at the bottom of the Brynglas estate to drop-off and collect secondary age pupils, and parents will be encouraged to do the same.  

In addition, the temporary Governing Body will also create a School Travel Plan to support access to the school. 

How can objections be made to this proposal?

Following this consultation, the Cabinet Member for Education & Young People will consider the views expressed and decide whether or not to proceed with the proposal. If the decision is taken to proceed, a statutory notice will be published in the local press, on the council website and at the school. The statutory notice period will last for 1 month and enables people to express their views in the form of supporting or objecting to the proposal.  

What will the uniform be at the new school?

This is a matter for the Headteacher to decide in conjunction with the temporary Governing Body and they will let you know immediately that this is agreed.  A Year 6 Parents Meeting has been arranged to take place at 6pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon and more information will be shared at this time.  

What will be the start and end times of the school day at the new school?

This is a matter for the Headteacher to decide in conjunction with the temporary Governing Body and they will let you know immediately that this is agreed. A Year 6 Parents Meeting has been arranged to take place at 6pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon and more information will be shared at this time.  

What arrangements have been made for delivery of the curriculum at the new school?

This is a matter for the Headteacher to decide in conjunction with the temporary Governing Body and they will let you know immediately that this is agreed.  However the new school will be capable of delivering all aspects of the curriculum, although some PE lessons will be delivered at Newport High School. A Year 6 Parents Meeting has been arranged to take place at 6pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon and more information will be shared at this time.  

Will the pupils at the new secondary be able to access a cafeteria lunchtime facility?

Discussions are currently ongoing with the catering provider but every effort will be made to ensure that the secondary school pupils are able to access a lunchtime cafeteria facility similar to their peers in other secondary schools across the city. 

Will there be after school clubs at the new school?

Yes, the school will set up after school clubs, and the Headteacher will decide on these arrangements with her staff as we approach the start of the academic year.