VALE OF GLAMORGAN: Village school to be renamed following controversial move
A village school in the Vale of Glamorgan will be renamed following a controversial move which sparked protests.
Llancarfan Primary School, which is moving from Llancarfan village to Rhoose, will be renamed South Point Primary School or Ysgol Gynradd Trwyn y De.
The name change will take effect from January next year, which is also when the new school building should be ready to open.
Vale of Glamorgan council’s cabinet approved the renaming at a meeting on Monday, September 13.
Deputy leader Lis Burnett, cabinet member for education, said: “The new school building is progressing at pace. Wales’ first zero-carbon in use school is an absolutely phenomenal project.
“We received a request from the headteacher and governing body of the school to change the name to reflect the new location and extended catchment area. Renaming the school has also been supported by the Llancarfan community council.
“The name is particularly apt because, as far as I’m aware, it’s going to be the most southerly school in Wales.”
As well as the change of name, the school is currently working on creating a new logo.
Planning permission was granted for the new school building in September last year, and construction began in December.
The controversy around the school arose from plans to move it from a rural setting in Llancarfan, five miles down the road to the more urban environment on land northwest of the railway in Rhoose. The school is also expanding to have places for 210 pupils.
Parents campaigning against the decision said the move was in effect closing a rural school. Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies was elected to the Vale council campaigning against the plans.
The Vale council said the move was needed to cater for growing demand in Rhoose, partly due to the new Rhoose Point housing development. The new school building will also be very environmentally friendly, emitting much less carbon dioxide than the current building.
Words: Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporter
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