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Pupils from Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg (YGG) Tonyrefail can now enjoy 21st Century Schools facilities after significant remodelling and refurbishment was completed at the former Tonyrefail Primary building.

YGG Tonyrefail has relocated following the Half Term break, with pupils enjoying their modern learning environment from Wednesday, November 7. The Council’s contractor First Grade Furniture began the scheme at the end of July 2018, and the project has now been delivered on time. The move will allow YGG Tonyrefail to welcome more Welsh medium learners in the future.

The project has refurbished classrooms to 21st Century standards and fitted new IT equipment and furniture. It has created a community room and spaces for the Meithrin and Flourish childcare settings to provide early years Welsh medium education. External work has included new fencing, drainage improvements on playground areas, and a new bus drop-off area in a new car park layout.

The school was handed over to the Council following the works on October 29, and furnishing and IT installations were carried out throughout Half Term.

The project has been made possible thanks to joint funding from #RCTinvest and Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme – as part of a wider £85m investment in Rhondda and Tonyrefail schools in 2018/19. As part of these changes, pupils at Tonyrefail Primary School transferred into the state-of-the-art new, all-through Tonyrefail Community School from September 2018.

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I’m pleased that yet another school will now benefit from 21st Century facilities, as the Council’s huge investment continues, with joint funding from Welsh Government. The improvements at the former Tonyrefail Primary School have been completed on time, and YGG Tonyrefail has moved into its new home after Half Term.

“This investment has created additional places at the Welsh Medium school, and follows a separate project to improve YGG Llwyncelyn for September 2018 – also increasing its capacity. The Council is continuing to work towards the Welsh Government’s goal of increasing the number of Welsh speakers – and this is also reflected in new 21st Century Schools proposals for the Cynon Valley and Pontypridd by 2022, which are currently being consulted upon.

“The works at the new building for YGG Tonyrefail have introduced new facilities and IT equipment, created a community room and additional spaces for childcare settings. This has helped create a modern learning environment which staff and pupils are now benefitting from.”

Posted on Tuesday 6th November 2018

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