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15 January 2016

Eastern High and Cardiff and Vale College plans get the go ahead

A scheme to deliver brand new facilities for Eastern High school and Cardiff and Vale College has taken a major step forward after planning permission was granted by city councillors today.

Set to open in Trowbridge in September 2017, the new Eastern High school will accommodate 1200 pupils and courses and vocational training for 320 students over the age of 16 will be provided by Cardiff and Vale College on the shared learning campus.

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Welcoming the news, Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Sarah Merry said: “This is a significant step towards opening the brand new, £25m secondary school in the east of the city. Better education and skills for all is a priority for the council and the new school will provide pupils and students with a state-of-the-art learning environment when it opens next year.

“In partnership with Cardiff and Vale College and Welsh Government, we have been able to adopt an innovative approach which encourages the transition from school through to college in the one single location. This is a major benefit as we continue the work to reduce the number of young people not in education or training."

The new school is being jointly funded by the City of Cardiff Council and Welsh Government as part of the 21st Century Schools programme. The scheme incorporates facilities which the local community can use, including outdoor sports facilities featuring an all-weather ‘3G’ pitch.

Work on the project will also see the demolition of the existing 1970’s Cardiff and Vale College on the Trowbridge Road site.

Principal and Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale College, Mike James, said: “We’ve reached another significant milestone in the development of this project that will see a wider choice of training and education for the young people of East Cardiff than ever before.

“From September 2017 onwards this new school and learning campus will be an inspirational facility, not just for young people but also for the local community and we are delighted to be working in partnership with the city council to deliver this exciting project.”

Neal Stephen, Managing Director from Willmott Dixon Construction, the contractor chosen to design and build the new Eastern High school and Cardiff and Vale College campus, said: “Willmott Dixon Construction welcome the Planning Approval milestone achievement and look forward to the delivery of this exciting education project within the Trowbridge community.”

Jeff Tucker, Project Director from Powell Dobson Architects, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of the Willmott Dixon team in delivering this important new educational facility for the City of Cardiff Council, which is designed to maximise community involvement as well as provide an outstanding and sustainable educational environment for the pupils and students”

The new school will replace the existing facilities for Eastern High, currently located on the site formerly known as Rumney High School.

The 21st Century Schools Programme is a collaboration between Welsh Government and local authorities in Wales to create the right schools in the right places.

The main priorities of the investment programme are to:

  • Match the supply of with demand for places
  • Invest in new schools and refurbish existing schools
  • Meet demand for education in both English and Welsh
  • Create a nursery provision on primary school sites

The City of Cardiff Council’s realigned 21st Century Schools Programme was announced in March and totals £164.1m.