Expansion of Maes Ebbw

Newport City Council consulted on the proposal:

To expand the main Maes Ebbw School site and provide additional pupil places by increasing the capacity of the school from 100 to 150 with effect from September 2018

Download the Report to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills (pdf)

Download the associated Decision Schedule (pdf)

Download the Fairness and Equality Impact Assessment (pdf)  


The consultation ran from 11 September to 22 October 2017 and is now closed.

The consultation gave an opportunity for people to learn about the proposal, ask questions and make comments that have been recorded and summarised in a consultation report (pdf) that will be considered by the council. 

Drop-in sessions were held for people most directly affected by the proposal, with council officers available to explain the proposals in detail and answer any questions. 



Maes Ebbw School

20 September 2017

Maes Ebbw School                           

26 September 2017


Download the letter to stakeholders (pdf)  

Download the full formal consultation document (pdf)  

Download the everyday summary version of the consultation document (pdf)

The consultation response pro-forma (pdf) was available at the drop-in sessions.

Responses made during the consultation period were counted as adverse comments rather than as objections to the proposal.

Objections to a proposal can only be registered after publication of a statutory notice, which is the second stage in the proposal.

The consultation ended at midnight, Sunday 22 October 2017

The proposal

The proposal is to extend Maes Ebbw School, an existing purpose built community-maintained special school.

Maes Ebbw School serves the whole of the city and supports the provision of education for children aged from 3 years to 19 years whose statement of Special Educational Needs  SEN) requires specialist provision.

The main school shares a site with Maesglas Primary School and there is enough space to develop additional facilities without any detrimental impact on provision at either school or at any other school in the city. 

Maes Ebbw School offers a well-resourced environment and aims to provide the highest possible standards of education and support for all pupils regardless of their level of educational need.

It is over-subscribed and the number of pupils on roll exceeds the measured capacity of the school.

While this has been managed to date, the school site has sufficient and appropriate space for the construction of seven additional classrooms and a sensory garden.

This, along with the associated ancillary services, would facilitate an increase in whole school capacity from 100 to 150.  

This proposal supports the increasing demand for specialist education provision across the city of Newport.

This need has grown over the past five to ten years and the proposal will benefit pupils across Newport as additional facilities will be provided to support children who have specialist needs in an appropriate and secure environment.  

Consultation report

Download the consultation report (pdf) which summarises the consultation and engagement process, comments received and the council's response to these. 

Publication of the statutory proposal

The Cabinet Member (CM) for Education and Skills has considered all views expressed and responses received during the formal consultation process and has decided to proceed with the proposal.

Download the Report to the CM for Education and Skills (pdf)

Downlod the updated Fairness and Equality Impact Assessment (pdf)

Download the associated Decision Schedule (pdf)

A Statutory Notice (pdf) was published 15 January 2018 for a period of 28 days.

Any objections to the proposal had to be received by the education service development manager at Newport City Council by Monday 12 February 2018.

Final decision

The full statutory consultation process on the council's proposal to expand Maes Ebbw school has ended.

This process passed through the statutory notice stage without objection and a final decision has been taken by the CM for Education and Skills to implement the proposal with effect from April 2019.

Download the Report to the CM for Education and Skills (pdf)

Download the associated Decision Schedule (pdf)

Download the Fairness and Equality Impact Assessment (pdf)

Download the final decision notification letter (pdf)