Agenda and draft minutes

Joint Cabinet and Education, Skills and Culture Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 6th September, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Port Talbot Civic Centre. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

Minutes:

 

Agreed that Councillor A.L.Thomas be appointed Chairperson for the meeting.

 

Agreed that Councillor A.N.Woolcock be appointed Vice Chairperson for the meeting.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

The following Members made a declaration of interest at the commencement of the meeting:

 

A.Amor

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as he is a Governor at YGG Rhosafan and Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur but has dispensation to speak and vote.

Cllr. A.J.Taylor

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as he is a Governor at Eastern Primary School and Ysgol Cwm Brombil and has children attending Ysgol Cwm Brombil but has dispensation to speak but not vote.

Cllr. P.A.Rees

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as he is a Governor at Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School and Crynallt Primary School and has a daughter in law who works at Dyffryn Comprehensive School but has dispensation to speak but not vote.

Cllr. D.Morgan

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as he is a Chair of Governors at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwm-nedd but has dispensation to speak and vote.

Cllr. R.Phillips

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as she is a Governor at Ysgol Gymraeg Trebannws but has dispensation to speak and vote.

Cllr. S.ap.Dafydd

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as he is a Governor at St Joseph's School and 6th Form and Ysgol Bae Baglan but has dispensation to speak and vote.

Cllr. C.Clement-Williams

 

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as she is a Governor of Baglan Primary School, has a grandchild at Ysgol Bae Baglan and a grandchild at Brynhyfryd Primary School but has dispensation to speak and vote.

Cllr. D.Jones

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as she is a Governor at Cilffriw Primary School and Llangatwg Community School but has dispensation to speak and vote.

Cllr. A.Lockyer

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School Improvement Programme, Future of Secondary Education in the Upper Afan Valley as he is a Governor at YGG Castell-nedd and Gnoll Primary School and has grandchildren in the education system but has dispensation to speak and vote.

Cllr. E.V.Latham

Re:

Report of the Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning on the Strategic School  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Pre-Scrutiny

Minutes:

The Committee chose to scrutinise the following Cabinet items:

 

Cabinet Proposals

 

3.1    Strategic School Improvement Programme - Future Of Secondary Education In The Upper Afan Valley

 

(Cllr.R.Mizen re-affirmed his interest at this point and withdrew from the meeting)

 

(Cllr.D.Whitelock re-affirmed his interest at this point and withdrew from the meeting)

 

Members received information on a proposal to make arrangements for pupils who would otherwise attend Cymer Afan Comprehensive School to receive their secondary education at a new build school in Margam, Ysgol Cwm Brombil, and to close Cymer Afan Comprehensive, as detailed in the circulated report.

 

The three Ward Members Cllr. S.Jones, Cllr. J.Jones and Cllr N.Davies were in attendance at the meeting and addressed the Committee.

 

They stated that there were many still unanswered questions. One question was what the future of the facilities used by the Community was, as they were attached to the School and there had been no discussion on the relocation of these or if they would continue.Officers highlighted that one option would be to apply for grant funding to continue with these activities and Officers were happy to discuss this with Local Members.

 

They also asked what the cost was for the demolition of the building and the removal of asbestos.Officers explained that once declared surplus to requirements, the demolition would go out to tender. This would be in consultation with the Local Members.

 

It was asked what was being done in relation to the backlog on the maintenance costs for feeder schools of approximately £3 million. It was noted that the School maintenance falls under the responsibility of the Environment department. It was explained that when buildings are in need of maintenance they are managed on priority basis depending on which building is in need of repair the most.

 

The Ward Members asked what measures were in place to ensure that roads A4106 and A463 were safe for the children to commute to the new schools as there were 62 accidents and 2 deaths recorded on those roads in the past. Officers highlighted that all roads had risks, however, the Council has a robust procedure in place to minimise those risks and to ensure children’s safety.

 

The Ward Members also raised concern on the Health and wellbeing of the children as there would be a reduction of family and study time, as their travel time would be greater than other school children. Officers highlighted that many children travel this amount of time to and from school; it was noted that some children like it as they have time with their friends.

 

They raised concern around Key stage 4 pupils and the disruption the move would cause them. Officers highlighted that they would ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

 

The Ward Members asked whether there would be free transport to Maesteg Comprehensive School. Officers highlighted that under the transport policy free transport would be provided to Maesteg Comprehensive as it would be the nearest suitable school for pupils. Transport would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.