PUPILS have shared their views on Cathays High School expanding by hundreds of places and getting a new building.
The school is set to expand from 1,072 places to 1,450 places from September 2023, and its current buildings replaced by 2025 with new buildings on the site of the Maindy Centre.
Hundreds of pupils at the high school, as well as nearby primary schools, responded to a consultation held by Cardiff council about the plans.
While most pupils supported the expansion and new buildings, some concerns were raised including about how an increased number of pupils might mean some getting less attention.
Councillor Sarah Merry, cabinet member for education, said: “The views and opinions obtained through the initial phase of consultation will play a significant part in the development of proposals for the new school, and I am grateful to all those who took part.
“It is encouraging that many people are in support of the scheme and over half of respondents welcome plans for enhanced facilities, to be used by both the school and community.
“However, we acknowledge some concerns that have been addressed in the proposals being brought forward, with the revised boundaries for the school, leisure centre and open access community space subject to further design detail.
“Consideration of all feedback will be given as future plans are shaped.”
In the consultation, pupils said the current school buildings were outdated and not fit for purpose, and welcomed the extra space and better facilities provided with the new buildings.
Council officers also met with pupils from Albany Primary School, Allensbank Primary School and Gladstone Primary School.
Some raised concerns about how long the new school would take to build, but welcomed how the wider community would be able to use school facilities outside of school hours.
As part of the plans, Maindy Cycle Track would be relocated to Cardiff Bay. A new outdoor track will be built at the International Sports Village. Some cycle groups raised fears about how far they would have to travel to the new track, while others welcomed the investment.
Cllr Merry added: “All children and young people should be able to access good or excellent learning provision and it is important that the suitability and condition of the existing school building is addressed.
“If progressed, a new Cathays High School would not only provide inspiring, modern and purpose-built facilities for the very best teaching and learning, but also be a community-focused school offering improved sports and community provision, accessible to local people and groups.”