The Council will host a number of public consultation events in January where residents can have their say on £37.4m proposals to introduce 21st Century Schools facilities in Pontypridd.
In October 2018, Cabinet agreed to consult upon proposals for the latest wave of 21st Century Schools investment by the Council – a £37.4m investment in Pontypridd and new £23.9m facilities for the Upper Cynon Valley, by 2022. It follows £85m state-of-the-art facilities delivered in Rhondda and Tonyrefail during 2018/19, alongside the brand new £7.2m Cwmaman Primary School.
Consultation for the Pontypridd proposals began in October 2018 and ends on January 31, 2019. Proposals include ‘all-through’ schools at the current Pontypridd and Hawthorn High School sites, a new state-of-the-art Welsh Medium primary school on the current Heol-y-Celyn Primary site, and Post-16 Centres of Excellence in Beddau and Treforest. The proposals are outlined below.
Five ‘drop-in’ events for residents will take place this month. These will provide opportunities for parents and the public to drop-in and discuss any of the proposals. All are welcome to attend any of the events, at:
Cardinal Newman RC Comprehensive School
Tuesday, January 15 (3pm to 6pm).
Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School
Wednesday, January 16 (3pm to 6pm).
Rhydyfelin Children’s Centre (the centre is hosting the event to discuss all consultation proposals)
Thursday, January 17 (4pm to 6pm).
Hawthorn High School
Tuesday, January 22 (3pm to 6pm).
Pontypridd High School
Thursday, January 24 (3pm to 6pm).
Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Cabinet agreed for the Council to undertake an extensive consultation in relation to these £37.4m proposals, which would transform the education provision in the wider Pontypridd area by 2022. The Council is committed to improving our education offer across the County Borough, providing stimulating learning environments which give our young people the very best opportunities throughout their school years.
“If agreed, the proposals for Pontypridd would represent the latest wave of 21st Century Schools investment by the Council and Welsh Government. Hundreds of our pupils are now taking advantage of the brand new facilities delivered for the current 2018/19 term – including brand new schools forming in Cwmaman, Tonyrefail, Porth and Tonypandy in September
“Everyone is welcome to attend one of the ‘drop-in’ events in Pontypridd, to discuss the proposals. These include new schools for Hawthorn and Cilfynydd, a new school for the area currently served by YGG Pont Sion Norton and Heol Y Celyn Primary School to increase Welsh Medium capacity, and the development of Post-16 Centres of Excellence for our Sixth Form pupils in Beddau and Treforest."
More information about the proposals is available on the Consultations page of the Council’s website – along with a questionnaire for residents to have their say. Please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/consultations.
The proposals include:
- A new ‘all-through’ 3-16 school in Pontypridd, investing £4.7m in new facilities at the current Pontypridd High School site.
- A new ‘all-through’ 3-16 school in Hawthorn, investing £12m in new facilities at the current Hawthorn High and Hawthorn Primary sites.
- A new £10.7m school to improve and increase Welsh medium primary provision.
- Developing Post-16 Centres of Excellence at Bryncelynnog Comprehensive in Beddau and Coleg y Cymoedd in Nantgarw – investing £10m in the new sixth form provision at Bryncelynnog.
To facilitate these proposals, the following changes would be required:
- The closure of Pontypridd High School and Cilfynydd Primary School, with pupils transferring to the new 3-16 school at Pontypridd High.
- The closure of Hawthorn High School, Hawthorn Primary and Heol-y-Celyn Primary School, with pupils transferring to the new 3-16 school at the Hawthorn High and Hawthorn Primary sites. Designated ALN classes will also transfer to the new school.
- The closure of YGG Pont Sion Norton with the pupils transferring to a new school, with brand new buildings, on the current Heol-y-Celyn Primary site. Current Welsh Medium pupils at Heol-y-Celyn will transfer to the new Welsh Medium school, and English Medium pupils will transfer to the new 3-16 school in Hawthorn.
- The closure of sixth forms at Hawthorn High, Pontypridd High and Cardinal Newman RC Comprehensive, with pupils having the choice to transfer to the new Sixth Form Centre at Bryncelynnog or to Coleg Y Cymoedd, Nantgarw. Pupils who opt for a Roman Catholic education will receive Home to School Transport to St David’s College in Cardiff.
Posted on Wednesday 9th January 2019