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Schools Investment Project - 21st Century Schools


The 21st Century Schools Programme aims to transform the learning experience of pupils, ensuring they are taught in classrooms with the technologies and facilities needed to deliver a 21st Century curriculum. These projects have been match funded by 21st Century Schools funding from Welsh Government.

Ongoing Projects

Cymmer Primary School

Cymmer Junior School -49A £1.9m investment will see improvements to the school’s junior section, including extensive remodelling and refurbishment to deliver improvements to the late Victorian-era and 1960s buildings, while the MUGA will be upgraded. External works include new roof coverings, stone cleaning, repairs, a new entrance with disabled access and a new walkway. Internal works include electrical and mechanical works, a new commercial kitchen, ceiling and floor finishes, and a change of layout.

Ferndale Community School

ferndaleFerndale Community School will benefit from two new ICT suites designed to 21st Century Schools standards, while a new Design and Technology Room will be provided. An existing Science laboratory will be refurbished, while an additional classroom will be created utilising existing space within the school. Classrooms within the main building will be converted to Additional Learning Needs (ALN) rooms in order to accommodate pupils with ALN, while the school’s toilet areas will be improved and remodelled, together with a new roof to the school’s kitchen.

Tonyrefail Community School

A £44m investment will provide state-of-the-art education and leisure facilities. Tonyrefail Comprehensive and Tonyrefail Primary will become a 3-19 school, on the current secondary site. New 21st Century primary and secondary buildings are being constructed while the existing Grade-II Listed Victorian building is being sympathetically remodelled. Modern glass walkways will link the Listed building with the new secondary building. Tonyrefail Leisure Centre has received new parking, a 3G sports pitch and on-site classrooms. An additional exciting project, joint funded by the Welsh Government, is the new Flying Start and pre/after school club facility, being developed as part of the primary element

Tonyrefail Community

Treorchy Comprehensive School

Treochy Comprehensive School Investment ImageTreorchy Comprehensive School is being redeveloped with new sixth form facilities delivered alongside a brand new three-storey science block. The old science block will be completely remodelled and developed into general classrooms, while a new music department will be created which will include recording facilities with specialist equipment, and a number of practice/rehearsal rooms Existing buildings are also being refurbished to provide 21st Century facilities for all pupils. The school is already benefitting from two new MUGAs delivered as part of this investment, and a third will be completed and handed over to the school next year.  Sixth form pupils are already enjoying refurbished classrooms and seminar rooms while the Council is investing in a new coffee shop and dining facilities over the summer holiday.