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Meadowbank School closure – important consultation information

Meadowbank school closure consultation dates

Meadowbank School in Cardiff is the only special school of its kind in Wales which provides day education for primary aged pupils who have statements of special educational needs for their severe and specific Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

Meadowbank was earmarked for closure in July 2017 but due to the overwhelming responses to the public consultation from present and past families of children who attend this unique provision, Cardiff Council says more time is needed to make a more informed decision on the future of specialist provision for children and young people who have SLCN in Cardiff.

Consequently, the Local Authority are currently carrying out a review of its provision & specialist support for the children we represent.  The review will be informed by various stakeholders including parents, carers and Afasic Cymru. Further information can be found on Cardiff Council’s website.

Open afternoon – 17 November 2016
Meadowbank School is holding an open afternoon on Thursday 17  November to showcase what the school can offer to children who need help with

  • Talking to others and making friends
  • Following instructions at home or at school
  • Speaking clearly and explaining what they mean
  • Managing their behaviour & emotions

See the event flyer below:

Meadowbank School Open Afternoon - 17 November 2016
(231.9 KiB, 40 downloads)

Meadowbank campaign in the news
Council delay decision on closure – read more about this from the Wales Online article (13 July 2016).

Read an article about parents anger at the planned closure on the Wales Online website.

Gareth Evans has published an article on Wales Online featuring the children’s video and there will be something in the Echo on Monday (14 March) too.

A parent and ex-Meadowbank pupil spoke on BBC Radio Cymru on Thursday 17 March – it’s about 1hr 12 mins into the show.

Neil McEvoy, Plaid Cymru Councillor handed in another Save Meadowbank petition to Cardiff Council on 6 April – watch the video.

Meadowbank School features in an ITV news item on 17 May 2016.

Meadowbank campaign features in Made in Cardiff news item on 26 May 2016.

Meadowbank School video
Watch this fantastic video featuring the children of Meadowbank School.

Afasic Cymru urge all relevant parties to attend any of the Consultation meeting dates listed in ADDITION to submitting written responses.

Cardiff Council consultation dates re Meadowbank School
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Cardiff Council Public Meeting - 16 March
(136.2 KiB, 90 downloads)

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