Cardiff is the multicultural Capital City of Wales a city which prides itself on its openness and diversity, making Cardiff a unique place to live and work (www.visitcardiff.com) This is reflected in the variety of schools across the city; 4 nurseries, 102 primary sector, 20 secondary and 7 special schools make up the city’s 133 maintained schools (January 2010), a mixture of faith-based and non-denominational English and Welsh-medium schools. There are also a number of independent schools within Cardiff. Cardiff, like many other cities in the UK faces the challenge of surplus school places, a rising maintenance backlog as well as unprecedented demand for Welsh-medium education in recent years. In 2006 the authority began a schools reorganisation programme, aiming to restore the balance and improve educational opportunities for pupils right across the city. As well as academic institutions such as Cardiff University, UWIC and Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff is also home to the National Assembly for Wales, the National Museum of Wales, St Fagans Welsh Folk Museum, Cardiff Castle and Techniquest, a hands on science discovery centre. The city is also a centre for first class shopping with the recently opened St David’s shopping centre and entertainment with a range of different theatres, arts centres and concert venues. To find out more information on Cardiff Council’s Schools & lifelong Learning Service view the Background Information document, or visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/learn.
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