What is a Federation?
A federation is a formal and legal agreement by which the schools involved work together in a formal partnership. There is a single governing body, which has a strategic oversight of all schools within the federation.
Which schools are part of the Federation?
The governing bodies of Riverbank School, Ty Gwyn School and Woodlands High School met and agreed to consult on a proposal to federate which the Cardiff Local Authority supported. Since then, the consultation period has elapsed, and it has officially been approved.
The proposal is to establish The Western Learning Campus under the federation of maintained schools and miscellaneous amendments (Wales) regulations 2010 (Welsh statutory instrument W.64, April 2010) from January 1st 2018 or as soon as possible following procedures.
What are the key points of a Federation?
- The existing governing bodies of the three schools will be dissolved and a new single governing body will replace them taking responsibility for the strategic oversight of all the schools in the federation.
- Each school retains its name, category, budget, staff and remains in the community. The three schools are not merging together. In the future they will be able to explore the advantages of sharing resources.
- Each school will continue to have its own ESTYN inspection, although this can be co-ordinated to occur at the same time.
What is the background to these proposals?
Riverbank School provides for the needs of 70 pupils, aged 4-11, who have severe learning difficulties. The most recent ESTYN inspection in November 2015 judged the school to require ESTYN monitoring. This is because they judged the school’s performance to be adequate and the prospects for improvement to be adequate – this means that strengths outweigh areas for improvement.
Ty Gwyn School
Ty Gwyn School provides the needs of 175 pupils, ages 3-19, who have profound and multiple learning difficulties. The most recent ESTYN inspection in May 2012, judged the school’s performance to be excellent and the prospects for improvement to be excellent – this means there are many strengths including significant examples of sector leading practice.
Woodlands High School
Woodlands High School provides for the needs of 135 pupils, aged between 11-19, who have severe learning difficulties. The most recent ESTYN inspection in January 2016 judged the school’s performance to be adequate and the prospects for improvement to be unsatisfactory – this means that important areas for improvement outweigh strengths.