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Education other than at school (EOTAS) project

We are implementing plans to transform education for some of Swansea's most vulnerable young people and dramatically improve their life chances.

Swansea Council's preferred option for the new Swansea PRU would be on land at the rear of Cockett House. Plans are now developed which can be viewed at: Statutory pre-application consultationOpens new window

The project includes:

New accommodation for the Pupil Referral Unit which will provide:

  • improved well-being of learners and staff;
  • buildings and facilities fit for the 21st century;
  • a broader, more effective curriculum; and
  • improved academic and wider outcomes for learners;
  • if planning approval is obtained, then a number of the existing buildings would be demolished to make way for one single building that would also allow for the retention of the existing woodland area.

Progress on new accommodation - August 2017

  • Aecom have been appointed as design consultants for the proposed new build
  • A concept design for the proposed building has been produced
  • As part of the engagement process, parents, staff, pupils and the PRU Management Committee were invited to attend information sessions in June 2017
  • Ecology and other site surveys are well underway, this information will feed into the design and formal planning stage
  • To further inform the project, consultants will carry out other ground investigations during September 2017
  • Community engagement sessions will be held in October 2017, where the proposals will be explained and offers from Swansea council will be available to answer questions.
  • A letter publishing the dates, times and venue for the community sessions will be distributed to local residents the early part of October 2017.

Proposed timeline

December 2016Head of Swansea PRU appointed - achieved
January 2017Consultation commenced - achieved
January 2017Feasibility and design for accommodation commissioned - achieved
April 2017Head of Swansea PRU commences duties
May 2017Swansea PRU Senior Leadership Team (SLT) positions advertised
May 2017Support Team posts advertised
May 2017Remaining Support Team posts appointed
August 2017SLT and remaining support team posts commence duties
September 2017Begin implementation of new service model 
October / November 2017Proceed to planning application for new accommodation subject to outcome of feasibility / design
January - April 2018Out to tender for completion of design / construction works for new accommodation (subject to funding and planning approvals)
Autumn 2018Construction works commence (subject to funding and planning approvals)
Autumn 2019Completion of building work on the new accommodation (subject to funding and planning approvals)

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