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An exciting year for education in Rhondda Cynon Taf is well underway, with more pupils set to benefit from 21st Century Schools in the new academic year.

The huge £85m education investment in Rhondda and Tonyrefail schools, jointly funded by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, will see state-of-the-art facilities delivered in Tonyrefail, Porth, Cymmer, Tonypandy, Ferndale and Treorchy.

A new £7.2m community primary school for Cwmaman, again jointly funded by the Welsh Government, is also being built to transform education in the area.

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “The latest images show the positive progress being made with the transformation of educational facilities in Rhondda, Tonyrefail and Cwmaman.

“These projects form part of the wider £160m investment which is being delivered to improve and modernise schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf, with support from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme.

“Once completed, this will represent the delivery of the biggest investment in education across Wales to date – but our investment won’t stop there with a further investment package of £160m from 2019 to 2026 having been secured through Band B Welsh Government funding.

“These facilities will future-proof our schools in order to deliver the new curriculum for Wales. Such a significant investment in education is ensuring our young people can learn in modern, inspiring environments which give them the very best opportunities to reach their potential.”

Below is a summary of the 21st Century Schools projects being delivered by the Council – and latest updates from each development:

Cwmaman

The new £7.2m community primary school being built off Glanaman Road in the heart of Cwmaman will welcome pupils from Glynhafod Junior School and Cwmaman Infants’ School, currently on two separate sites. The wider development includes a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), staff car park, on-site pupil drop off area, grass sports pitches, external pupil spaces, and a dedicated community room.

Latest Update: Building works and the construction of the external play areas are well underway with pupils taking part in a carol service in the ‘heart space’ of the new school before Christmas.

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Cymmer

A £1.9m investment at Cymmer Primary School’s junior section will deliver improvements to the late Victorian-era building, 1960s building and MUGA. External works include roof coverings and a new entrance, while internal works include layout changes, a multi-purpose hall and commercial kitchen.

Latest Update: A new roof is currently being installed on the Junior Block. This will be followed by internal remodelling works which will form new learning spaces and toilet facilities within the building.

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Porth (Porth Community School)

Porth County Comprehensive School, Llwyncelyn Infants’, Porth Infants’ and Porth Junior School will become a 3-16 school, at the existing comprehensive school site. The primary element will be a new-build, while the secondary building is being refurbished and redecorated. Existing mobile accommodation and some older buildings have already been removed. Parking and traffic arrangements on site will be significantly improved.

Latest Update: The new Science and Design &Technology blocks are being well-used and enjoyed by staff and pupils since they were handed over at the end of 2017. The new-build element and external works are progressing well.

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Tonypandy (Ysgol Nantgwyn)

Tonypandy Community College, Penygraig Infants’, Penygraig Junior School, Tonypandy Primary and Ysgol yr Eos will become a 3-16 school on the college site. The primary element will be a new-build, and the existing school will be remodelled. The development includes new science, art, ICT and technology rooms, two MUGAs, a 3G sports pitch and improved site entry and exit points.

Latest Update: Two phases of refurbishment works to the 3-16 school are on course for completion by February 2018. Some classrooms will be handed to the school at the end of January. Additional works to redecorate classrooms in the existing school, not previously included in the project, will start soon.

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Tonyrefail (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. A new 21st Century Schools building is being constructed, while the existing Grade-II Listed Victorian building is being sympathetically remodelled. Modern glass walkways will link the buildings. Tonyrefail Leisure Centre has received new parking, a 3G sports pitch and on-site classrooms.

Latest Update: Good progress has been made on the Victorian block. The new build elements have also progressed, with steel frameworks and external walls complete. Works will continue on the roofs of the new build elements and, following this, external cladding will be added.

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YGG Tonyrefail

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tonyrefail will relocate to the current Tonyrefail Primary School building, which is being refurbished.

Latest Update: Preparatory works are taking place at Tonyrefail Primary School including repairs to rear steps and PVC upgrades to wooden windows. A tender document will be issued in the coming weeks and a contractor will be appointed to carry out refurbishment works which are due to start during the summer holiday period of 2018.

Treorchy

Treorchy Comprehensive School is being redeveloped with new sixth form facilities delivered alongside a brand new three-storey science block. 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.

Latest Update: New sixth form facilities were handed over in September 2017 and are being enjoyed by pupils. The main admin block is being refurbished externally and will be complete in February. Works to the new science block are progressing with the second phase of the refurbishment to commence later in the year.

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Ferndale

Ferndale Community School will benefit from £500,000 of investment to improve current facilities on the site, which will include new science and Design Technology facilities, and toilets.

Latest Update: The scope of works is being finalised and a tender document will be issued in the near future, with an anticipated start date during the summer holiday period of 2018.

Posted on Thursday 8th February 2018

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