Question from: County Councillor James Gibson-Watt Subject: Size of schools
At the meeting of the Learning & Skills Scrutiny Committee on the 4th November 2021 the Portfolio Holder for Education & Property made the following comment with regard to primary school size (as measured by pupil numbers) required to deliver the new Welsh Curriculum:-
“When reference has been made of what size a school should be, it would be in a position where a teacher that could be in charge or lead an area of learning experience. “If you look at class sizes this gives you a figure of the middle hundreds as an ideal a point to get to. “I’m saying this as a personal opinion not a professional one, I’m not an educationalist, but common sense does come into some of this and it’s important to relate to that.”
Could the Portfolio Holder please clarify what he meant by ‘the middle hundreds as an ideal point to get to’ by providing a more precise number?
Response by the Portfolio Holder:
For a single form entry of 30 in a primary school, the school size would be 210 learners. This would consist of one class teacher per year group from reception up to year 6 plus the headteacher.