Education Directorate, Ty Trevithick, Abercynon CF45 4UQ
Notice is given in accordance with sections 41 and 43 of the School Standards and Organisation
(Wales) Act 2013 and the School Organisation Code that Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
(RCTCBC), having consulted such persons as required, propose to:
1. discontinue the following schools currently maintained by RCTCBC::
• Tonypandy Community College Llewellyn Street Penygraig CF40 1HQ
• Tonypandy Primary School Primrose Street Tonypandy CF40 1BQ
• Penygraig Junior School Hendrecafn Road Penygraig CF40 1LW
• Penygraig Infants School Hendrecafn Road Penygraig CF40 1LJ
• Ysgol yr Eos Bishop Street Penygraig CF40 1PQ
2. establish a new English Medium Community Middle School, to be maintained by RCTCBC at
Llewellyn St, Penygraig, on the site of Tonypandy Community College, for boys and girls aged 3 to 16
years.Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council undertook a period of consultation before deciding
to publish this proposal. A consultation report containing a summary of the issues raised by consultees,
the proposer’s responses and the views of Estyn is available on the Council’s website at
www.rctcbc.gov.uk.
It is proposed to implement the proposals on 1st September 2018.
RCTBC will be the admission authority for the new community school, and the admission arrangements
will make no provision for pupil banding.
It is proposed that pupils currently attending the five schools listed above should transfer to the new
Tonypandy Middle School, on 1st September 2018, subject to parental preference. This school is
proposed to be an English Medium Community Middle School. Building adaptations and other
modifications will be undertaken prior to this date to ensure the accommodation is suitable for the pupils
of the age ranges indicated.
The proposed capacity of the Primary Department of the new Middle School shall be 480 pupils, which
includes Nursery provision for at least 60 children. The admission number will be 60 for pupils age 4
(Reception Class) . The proposed capacity for the Secondary Department shall be 780 pupils and the
admission number will be 96 for pupils age 11 (Year 7) so that the secondary department will in effect
be able to accommodate 156 pupils per year group.
Pupils will be provided with transport in accordance with the Council’s Transport Policy. At present, the
Council provides free transport for pupils who attend their relevant Primary, Infant or Junior School, if
they reside beyond 1 ½ miles walking distance to that school; this distance is 2 miles for pupils
attending Secondary schools. The relevant school is the catchment school or the nearest school.
Within a period of 28 days after the publication of these proposals, that is to say by 2nd July 2015 any
person may object to the proposals. Objections should be sent to the Director of Education and Lifelong
Learning, School Planning Section, Ty Trevithick, Abercynon, Mountain Ash CF45 4UQ, e-mail
schoolplanning@rctednet.net. RCTCBC will publish a summary of any such objections made (and not
withdrawn in writing) within the objection period, together with their observations thereon, within the
period of 28 days after the end of the objection period.
Signed:
Chris Bradshaw
Director of Education and Lifelong Learning
For Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Date: 5th June 2015
Explanatory Note of the Proposals
RCTCBC has recently undertaken a comprehensive consultation exercise in respect of the proposed
reorganisation of school provision in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail areas of the County Borough, as part
of its proposals under the 21st Century Schools Programme. The overall proposals seek to :
• Create two sixth form centres of excellence, based at Treorchy and Tonyrefail;
• Create two new 3-16 schools, in Porth and Tonypandy, and one 3-19 school, in Tonyrefail,
which will take a radically different approach to education in the areas, by sharing both primary
and secondary sector resources;
• Increase the availability of Welsh medium primary provision in Porth and Tonyrefail;
• Improve the learning environment of primary aged pupils with additional learning needs.
The effect of the particular proposals in respect of the Tonypandy area are:
• Close Tonypandy Community College and make sufficient sixth form provision at a new 3-19
school in Tonyrefail;
• Close Tonypandy Community College, Penygraig Infants’ School, Penygraig Junior School,
Tonypandy Primary School, Ysgol Yr Eos and create a new 3-16 middle school on the site of
the current Tonypandy Community College;
• Provide a 1,260 capacity 3-16 School for Tonypandy, for 480 pupils aged 3-11 and 780 pupils
aged 11-16;
• Transfer the Learning Support Class from Ysgol Yr Eos, and the three Learning Support
Classes at Porth County Community School to the new 3-16 school at Porth (which is the
subject of a separate statutory notice), to create specialist provision for the four key stages for
pupils with Communications Disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorders;
• Relocate the specialist primary pupil referral unit provision at the Tai Centre to the site of the
current Ysgol Yr Eos.
• Transfer the Sixth Form provision previously accommodated at Tonypandy Community College
to the new proposed Middle School to be created at Tonyrefail, which is the subject of a
separate statutory notice.
To achieve this change the Council is proposing to invest £8.6m to improve the buildings at Tonypandy
to ensure they meet the learning and safeguarding requirements of a 3-16 school.
From September 2018 SEN provision currently provided by Ysgol Yr Eos will be provided by the new 3-
16 school to be established on the site of Porth Community School.
From September 2018 for the purposes of secondary education provision (11-16) the part of the
catchment area of Williamstown Primary School that is currently in the Tonyrefail Comprehensive
School catchment area will be added to the catchment area of the new 3-16 school on the site of
Tonypandy Community College. This change formed part of the consultation.
From September 2018 for the purposes of secondary education provision (11-16) the catchment areas
of Gelli and Bodringallt Primary Schools that are currently in the Tonypandy Community College
catchment area will be added to the catchment area of Treorchy Comprehensive School. This change
formed part of the consultation.
The Council is also currently undertaking public consultation in respect of possible changes to its Home
to School Transport policy. The consultation proposes the introduction of a charge for the discretionary
elements of the Home to School Transport Policy that are over and above the requirements placed
upon the Council by the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008. Details of the proposals and how you
may give your views on them can be obtained from the Council website www.rctcbc.gov.uk or emailing
HTSconsultation@rctcbc.gov.uk