First glimpse of the state-of-the-art primary school in Plasdŵr

Planning was approved for Plasdŵr’s first primary school – and with it, the first chance to see its appearance.

Scheduled to open in September 2023, the new school is in the Groeswen area of ​​Plasdŵr, north of the development near Danescourt and Radyr.

Contemporary architecture and colors will feature in the design of the school, reflecting the character of the neighborhood. The proposed school building will span two floors, with nursery, reception and infant classrooms on the ground floor and junior classrooms on the first floor. The school’s facade will ensure that the building is easily recognizable as a hub within the community.

The school will be dual stream, with one form offering instruction in Welsh and the other offering English with significant use of Welsh, providing a total of 420 places. Parents will request their preferred option during the application process. It will also provide 96 part-time crèche places, half in Welsh and half in English, with significant use of Welsh. It will create 73 jobs, just a small percentage of the total number of jobs the Plasdŵr development will create over the next 20 years.

Applications for school admissions to the school will open in November 2022 for Home and January 2023 for Kindergarten. The school will admit its first pupils in September 2023. Pupils in School Years 1 and 2 will also be able to apply to the school from April 2023 to start from September 2023. Cardiff Council will determine its areas recruitment.

Plasdŵr is identified in Cardiff’s local development plan as the largest “strategic site” which will provide new homes, district and local shopping centers and community infrastructure in phases. Up to 7,000 homes will be built on the site bordering Radyr, Fairwater, Pentrebane and St Fagans. About 40% of Plasdŵr will be green space, including managed heritage woods, parks and playgrounds.

Wayne Rees, Plasdŵr Project Manager, said:

“We are delighted to have received planning approval to start work on the first primary school in Plasdŵr. This is an important milestone in the development of the garden city of Cardiff, and although we have experienced some delays due to the pandemic, all is well, we look forward to starting work on its delivery this summer. .

“This school will provide much-needed places for children living in Plasdŵr, as well as neighboring communities. It was designed in harmony with the character of the Groeswen district and follows the same principles of garden city movement “fresh air, sunlight, breathing space and playroom” from which the Plasdŵr was inspired, with many green spaces and outdoor facilities. for the enjoyment of children. We are now heading towards finalizing discussions with Cardiff Council, with more details to be announced on the specification as discussions progress.

“We look forward to working with the Council on this project, but more importantly, we are excited to create a school that will give local children access to high quality education at their doorstep for generations to come. »

A Cardiff Council spokesperson said: “This is an exciting milestone for Plasdŵr’s development, helping Cardiff deliver on its commitment to provide modern, well-equipped learning environments that help improve lives. children and young people in the community.

“Serving the early stages of Plasdŵr’s development and covering parts of Creigiau, St Fagans, Radyr, Morganstown and Fairwater, the new school will provide accessible facilities to the community outside school hours.

“It will also present exciting new opportunities in the way the Welsh language is taught to pupils in an English language school, providing an innovative variation on the traditional dual stream primary school provision and supporting aspirations to develop the Welsh language that Cardiff has put in place. in its bilingual strategy.

Dora W. Clawson