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Fitzalan school plans moving closer
This is what the new Fitzalan High School could look like - with hopes it could be open for the start of the 2022 academic year.
Councillors are looking at the proposals at the moment, which would see new buildings and sports facilities built opposite the existing school, close to the Cardiff Athletics Stadium.
The old school buildings would be demolished once the new development, off Lawrenny Avenue, is ready to move into and the site is expected to be turned into an open space.
There has already been a consultation exercise but the final details and designs, including the planning application, are still to be finalised.
As well as a larger sixth form, the proposals include a new swimming pool, games areas and 3G football and rugby pitches, which would be available for the whole community.
The project was looked at by a srutiny committee this week and is expected to go to the council's cabinet later this month for a decision to move forward.
The school has set out what it hopes will be an "inspirational learning environment" for 1,500 pupils. The assistant head said: "We are incredibly excited at the prospect of a new Fitzalan being developed across from our existing facility. We hope that this new school will provide an inspirational environment for our pupils for generations to come. It has been great to already witness the enthusiasm and positivity that the announcement has created and seeing the pupils already engage with the process has been fantastic."
Some pupils in a survey have expressed worries about journey times, traffic and pedestrian crossings to get to the new buildings, while local residents have raised issues of noise, loss of privacy, light pollution and the potential for a negative impact on house prices.
Historic day for new Welsh school
Ysgol Hamadryad - the first Welsh medium school for Grangetown pupils - has finally opened in January.
The new building, overlooking Hamadryad Park, just across the River Taff in Butetown, has been taking shape for more than a year. The first pupils with head teacher Rhian Carbis started in temporary accommodation at the Ninian Park school site until the new facilities were ready.
The school's journey has been a long one, and not without its obstacles, as there was a long, drawn-out process in finding a suitable site. Campaigners fought for the school to finally be built.
Mrs Carbis was presented with the keys to the school’s new building by contractors Morgan Sindall before the Christmas break in December – on time and on budget.
Dog walkers and football players alike would have seen the Welsh medium school taking shape at the north end of Hamadryad Park in Butetown for many months.
The school, which will take pupils from Grangetown and Butetown, has been funded as part of the 21st Century Schools scheme by the Welsh Government.
It will become a focal point for community activities. In time, 420 pupils will be housed at the school. It will also offer nursery provision – with places available for entry in both January and April 2019.
It also aims to be one of the most sustainable schools in Cardiff – with pupils walking, scooting or biking to the school – and there’s plenty of bike and scooter storage on site.
There’s also a ‘Tren Traed’ – literally a "foot train", where parents can drop children at the Havannah St car park and join staff on the walk to school.
Once they arrive, one of the features of the playground is the Ysgol Hamadryad Boat (see above). This is a climbing frame in the shape of a boat – celebrating the history of the site as the location for the Hamadryad hospital ship.
Ysgol Hamadryad will serve as a community school for both Grangetown and Butetown. The school already has more than 100 pupils and celebrates the fact that there are 17 different languages spoken by parents and children.
Winter edition of Grangetown News out
The winter edition of Grangetown's new-look community newspaper is out - in what is the publication's 40th year.
Copies are distributed to 6,500 homes, shops and businesses. It is also be available in Grangetown Hub, local shops, venues and pubs and you will be able to view an online version above.
Now called Grangetown News, the first edition of the new-look 16-page full-colour tabloid newspaper came out in May 2016. Published by Grangetown Community Action, it has been a quarterly magazine format since 1978. With the help of the Community Gateway team and the university's Community Journalism department, a lively group of residents and students met to produce ideas for the summer edition.
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