A total of 386 admissions is being planned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to Penarth’s 8 primary schools (including the Welsh-language school Ysgol Pen Y Garth) for September 2017.
The council says the proposed admissions are “currently under review” and could be subject to change after consultyations with the schools . Currently the primary schools have the following admissions numbers pencilled in for 2017:-
Albert Primary 55
Cogan Primary 30
Evenlode Primary 60
Fairfield Primary 45
St Joseph’s R C Primary 26
Sully Primary 50
Victoria Primary 60
Ysgol Gymraeg Pen y Garth 60
Getting a place, even in a primary school in Penarth, is becoming an increasingly competitive process. Some of the children may already be attending the associated nursery classes at these primary schools – but the Vale Council is warning parents “Attendance at
a nursery class does not automatically entitle a child to a reception class place in the same school.”
There is growing concern about the large numbers of children which the town’s primary schools are now having to accommodate – numbers which are likely to be further increased by forthcoming housing developments in the South of Penarth.
There’s also competition for places in Penarth’s secondary schools . The Vale Council wants parents that “requests for places in certain schools may exceed the number of
places available“. The 2017 intake for Penarth’s secondary schools is being set at 509 comprising:-
St Cyres School 210
Stanwell School 299
The two secondary schools will also be involved in consultations before the final figures are set .
Parents of both primary and secondary schoolchildren are also being told they will have to provide “documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.”
The council warns them “Where a parent provides fraudulent or intentionally misleading information to obtain the advantage of a particular school for their child, to whom they would not otherwise be entitled, the council reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place”.