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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
Farmers and Welsh Government will come together today to plan for a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry.
- Statement from First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, on the Woolwich attack
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Archbishop McGrath Catholic Secondary School
The new school is jointly funded by the Archdiocese of Cardiff, Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government.
The main building spans three floors and accommodates 750 pupils aged 11-18, including 150 sixth formers. Building the school on three storeys improves efficiency of land use and energy. Its natural ventilation and high density concrete floors create thermal mass for passive temperature control.
Across the school, the core educational and social activities drive the connection between classroom areas. The main entrance foyer, sports hall, main hall and canteen tie the teaching spaces together. Flexible classrooms and workspaces accommodate different class sizes and a range of teaching practices.
The design means that there is increased land for additional school sports and leisure facilities, which can be used by the wider local community in the evenings and at weekends.
Additionally the school has also been awarded at the Building Excellence Awards 2012, both the Best Education Building and Sustainable Project categories in these prestigious awards.
The project was praised for its design, which utilised the profile of the surrounding land. It also received recognition for the collaborative approach undertaken by the design team. Judges from the Sustainable Project category of the Excellence Awards commented on the scheme, which achieved an Excellent rating under the BREEAM environmental assessment method. They said about the architect’s approach to passive design:
“[that it] was crucial to the project, not only to reduce the carbon footprint of the school, but also to reduce the running costs, which is a key driver for the local authority”.
Final tender stage approval was given on the 17 December 2009. The scheme would replace the existing Archbishop McGrath RC High school in Tondu Bridgend and enable the construction of a 750 pupil secondary school, including community leisure facilities, on a vacant site at Brackla Bridgend. Work commenced in early 2010 with a new purpose built school at an overall cost of £21.4m with the Welsh Government contributing £14m to the project. The school was officially opened in December 2011 by the First Minister.