In August 2018, the Welsh Government approved the outline case for the Band B project ‘Transforming English and Welsh Medium Education in Barry.’ This Schools Investment and Reorganisation Programme involved the re-organisation of Secondary Schools in Barry to create the ‘Barry Secondary Learning Community’ (BSLC) including:

  1. Part refurbishment and extension of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg;
  2. Building of the new Whitmore High School; and
  3. Refurbishment of Pencoedtre High School.

On 7th January 2019, however, the Vale of Glamorgan Cabinet agreed to deliver an enhanced 21st Century Schools Programme following confirmation of increased funding from Welsh Government.  This is to fund the new school planned for Pencoedtre High School, instead of the proposed refurbishment and extensions.

The current building occupying the site is generally not of a standard for 21st century teaching and learning, with the buildings currently in poor condition. In addition, there is a general surplus of places within the wider Barry area.

The proposed building would accommodate 1100 pupils of which 200 will be sixth form and is in line with the Vale of Glamorgan’s projections. The new school will ensure that there is a sustainable balance between the supply and demand for school places, including in the long term.

The proposal seeks to address this through significant financial investment by the Vale of Glamorgan Council in partnership with the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Investment programme.

The Proposal

The application seeks to replace the existing building through the construction of a new build school. The existing school was constructed in the early 1970’s and is beyond economical repair and will be demolished after the new school is completed.

The proposed development will cater for 1100 mixed sex pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 – 200 of which will be sixth form. The proposal supports the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s commitment to establishing mixed sex education in Barry as well as establishing modern, high quality learning environments that meet the school’s aspirations.

The application proposal will form of:

  • 3 – 4 storey secondary school building;
  • Facilities for the sixth form pupils;
  • An all-weather pitch and games courts;
  • Car parking area;
  • Bus drop-off;
  • Social and informal areas.

The Consultation


SCHEDULE 1B/1C Articles 2C & 2D

Proposed development at Pencoedtre High School

I give notice that the Vale of Glamorgan Council is intending to apply for planning permission to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for the following development:

Construction of a replacement secondary school building at the site of the existing Pencoedtre High School, sports facilities, and associated works (including landscaping, access and engineering works) along with the demolition of the existing secondary school building.

Prior to formal submission to the Local Planning Authority and in accordance with the requirements set out in Part 1A of the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2016, the proposal will be subject to a 28-day pre- application consultation.

All relevant drawings, reports and supplementary supporting documents are made available for inspection and review below.

Anyone who wishes to make representations about this proposed development must do so by the 16th September 2019. We would encourage you to provide your comments below, alternatively please send your comments to:

DPP, Sophia House, 28 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LJ or



In addition, a public exhibition will take place at the existing school on the following dates where visitors will be able to view the plans and discuss the proposals with members of the design team:

  • 21st August between 5 – 8 pm
  • 4th September between 5 – 8 pm

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