Three schools in Penarth currently have far more pupils on their school rolls than they have the capacity to cater for – according to figures which have emerged from the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Penarth’s “sardine schools” comprise two of the best primary schools in the town – Evenlode and Victoria – and Stanwell, the top secondary school in Penarth.
- Evenlode Primary School with 447 pupils is currently running at 6.43% over-capacity with 27 more pupils than it’s designed to accommodate .
- Stanwell Secondary School has 1,995 pupils and is currently running at 7.49% over-capacity with 139 more pupils than it should have.
- Victoria Primary with 466 pupils is the most stretched – running at 10.95% over-capacity with 46 more pupils than it should have . This is the school which has the highest over-capacity figure of all schools in the Vale of Glamorgan
In 2012 the Vale of Glamorgan Council had an overall surplus of school places and was under pressure to cut costs by reducing this waste. The council was given a target to cut the surplus of places in its secondary schools to 12.9% and to reduce the surplus of places in its primary schools to 10.19%.
However, at the start of 2015 the council forecast that there would be “a greater than expected increase in surplus capacity for the secondary sector”.
That forecast turned out to be right. In January 2015 the number of surplus places in Vale of Glamorgan Council’s secondary schools went up – despite the commitment to cut them – a fact which critics say is a reflection on the quality of management of the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council as a local education authority.
- In January 2015 FOUR of the Vale Council’s secondary schools: Barry Comprehensive, Llantwit Comprehensive, Ysgol Bro Morgannwg and Bryn Hafren Comprehensive had no fewer that 25% of their desks empty.
- THREE Vale primary schools, Holton Primary, Oakfield and Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant had in excess of 25% surplus capacity.
But none of this has helped teachers and pupils in the three over-crowded schools in Penarth, – which are coping with a total of 212 more pupils than they are supposed to have.