Cymmer Junior School  - October 2017-44

Major school improvements will soon be delivered in a Rhondda community thanks to a significant joint investment by the Council and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme.

The £1.9m investment will see improvements made to the junior section of Cymmer Primary School.

Extensive remodelling and refurbishment work will deliver improvements to the existing late Victorian-era building, 1960s building and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). The contractor has been appointed and the works are due to start imminently.

Junior pupils have already been temporarily located to Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda nearby, and the works will result in no disruption to their learning.

External works will include separate new roof coverings to the Victorian and 1960s buildings – as well as stone cleaning, repairs, a new entrance with disabled access and a new covered walkway to the rear. The MUGA will be upgraded and resurfaced.

Internal works include electrical and mechanical works, and a change of layout forming some new rooms, toilets and multi-purpose hall. A new commercial kitchen, as well as new ceilings and floor finishes, will be installed. The buildings will be redecorated throughout.

The improvements have been funded by a £1.9m investment, which has been jointly contributed to by the Council’s #RCTinvest programme and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools initiative.

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “These are exciting times for all associated with Cymmer Primary School and pupils will benefit from the significant £1.9m 21st Century Schools investment in the near future.

“Pupils have already moved into their temporary home at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda, to ensure they can carry on learning without disruption while works on their school are carried out. The Council’s Contractors have the buildings to themselves, in order to complete the works.

“This project represents the latest significant investment in our schools, as the Council continues to secure 21st Century Schools funding from the Welsh Government to invest in our young people. Generations to come will enjoy improved provision and, as a result, improved educational outcomes.

“The Cymmer scheme is part of the wider £85m investment in Rhondda and Tonyrefail schools, with projects in Tonyrefail, Treorchy, Porth and Tonypandy also progressing well. Works have also recently been completed at Y Pant Comprehensive School in Pontyclun, which was a separate £24m, 21st Century Schools investment.

“I look forward to seeing the progress being made with the Cymmer scheme in the coming weeks and months, as the Council works closely with its contractor to deliver this latest £1.9m investment.”

Posted on Tuesday 7th November 2017

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