As staff and pupils continue to enjoy their summer holidays, schools across the County Borough are currently undergoing a major overhaul as part of the Council’s ongoing multi-million-pound investment in Education.
Improvement works totalling £6.886m, including £1.5m through additional resources, have commenced at education premises all over Rhondda Cynon Taf, the majority of which will be completed during the six-week period prior to the start of the new academic year in September.
The funding, which is part of the Local Authority’s wider £373.6m #RCTinvest programme across a number of services, will see the Council continue to make significant enhancements to the quality of its schools, which is a vital part of both its school modernisation programme and 21st Century Schools Programme.
The completion of these projects will mean that the Council will have invested over £33m in capital improvement works since 2015/16, and this is in addition to the over £200m of improvements delivered to date through the 21st Century Schools and College programme in partnership with the Welsh Government, and this represents the largest investment in Education anywhere in Wales.
Councillor Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Education and Inclusion Services, said: “An ongoing programme of work is required in our schools in order to ensure that our children have access to the best possible education facilities across the Council’s school estate.
“This next round of capital investment helps the Council to deliver its long-term school modernisation improvements programme, which supports one of the Council’s Corporate Plan priorities of ’building a stronger economy’.
“The continuation of the Council’s three-year Capital Programme has been a vital part of the Council’s school modernisation programme, which has undoubtedly contributed to improved standards, which in turn benefit all students and staff.
“This Council is committed to providing our young people with educational facilities which will help offer them the best-possible opportunities, which is also evident in our 21st Century Schools Modernisation Programme across the County Borough.”
The improvement works, made up of 60 projects, include remodelling and refurbishing kitchens, window and door replacements, essential works, electrical rewiring, fire alarm upgrades, toilet refurbishments, Equalities Act compliance works, boiler replacements and roof renewals.
The largest single investments include the remodelling of the junior block at Gelli Primary School (£250,000) and the infant block remodelling at Llanharan Primary School (£250,000).
Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llantrisant will have a new hall roof (£200,000) while the Phase 2 car park and drop-off zone, as well as the demolition of the existing canteen building, is taking place at Cymmer Primary School (£200,000).
Cwmdare Primary School will have a new roof on its infant block (£120,000) and extensive roof works will also be carried out at Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School (£200,000).
Kitchen and dining facilities are being remodelled at Porth Community School and Ysgol Nantgwyn, costing £100,000 each, with window and door replacement and repairs works being carried out at Llanharan Primary School, Alaw Primary School, Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari and Pontyclun Primary School, totalling £150,000.
Fire alarm upgrades, totalling £100,000, are being carried out at Cwmbach Primary School, Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari, St Michael’s RC Primary School, St Gabriel & Raphael RC School and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llantrisant.
Toilet refurbishments, totalling £350,000, will take place at Cwmclydach Primary School, Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, St Gabriel & Raphael RC School, Bodringallt Primary School, Llwydcoed Primary School, Capcoch Primary School and Trealaw Primary School.
Boiler replacements, totalling £250,000, will be carried out at Dolau Primary School, Miskin Primary School, and Mountain Ash Comprehensive School.
Regular updates of the school improvements programme will appear on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the summer.
Posted on Tuesday 6th August 2019