Cardiff Liberal Democrats have launched a petition calling on Cardiff Council to bring forward its plans to expand Cardiff High School so it has enough places for all the pupils living in its catchment area.
In 2017, the council announced plans for the expansion of Cardiff High to cater for an extra 60 pupils in each year group and secured a commitment to a funding contribution from the Welsh Liberal Democrat education minister, Kirsty Williams.
Many pupils living in the school's catchment area have been missing out on places every year for the past few years. Despite this, the Labour-controlled council announced last year that the expansion won’t be delivered until at least 2023.
Latest figures show that for the coming school year, 51 pupils living in the catchment area have failed to secure a place at the school. This mostly affects pupils living at the southern end of the catchment area who are further from the school. Amongst those who have missed out are 18 pupils transferring up from Marlborough Primary and 12 pupils transferring up from Roath Park Primary.
The situation is likely to worsen in future when pupils currently at Howardian Primary start reaching high school age in a couple of years' time.
Please sign the petition below to put pressure on Cardiff Council to move more quickly on delivering the expansion plans, so we can stop pupils losing out on places year after year.
I/we, the undersigned, call on Cardiff Council to accelerate the planned expansion of Cardiff High School to stop pupils living in its catchment area missing out on places at the school year after year. 2023 is too late to wait for this to be addressed.