Powys Council has announced that they have received £12m in funding to build five new primary schools in the Gwernyfed catchment area of Powys, replacing current buildings in Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth, Clyro, Llyswen and Llangorse. Bringing the total project cost to £23.8m, Welsh Government has awarded this money as part of the 21st Century School Programme, defining a need for new facilities in the Gwernyfed area.
This collaboration between the Welsh Government and Local Authorities boasts an aim of creating a generation of modern schools in Wales, catering to growing pupil numbers along the way.
Arwel Jones, the council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, said this new investment would “provide state-of-the-art teaching accommodation”.
With plans and design work being proposed in 2015, building was scheduled to begin this year. Talking back in 2015 Jones said:
“The decision is a result of a detailed review of the area over the past few years demonstrating the need to address falling school numbers, inadequate buildings and address financial pressures.”
With the confirmation of this funding, construction work can finally begin, with this project being great for both educational progression and the Welsh construction industry. Alan Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning, discusses the benefits of securing this money:
“Securing capital investment in these difficult economic times is essential not only for better education outcomes but for the continued support of our construction industry and the growth of our economy. This is great news for local people and for the future of education on the area.”
The five schools that will replace various existing schools throughout the area include:
- Hay-on-Wye Community Primary School
- Clyro Church in Wales Voluntary Controlled School
- Bronllys/Talgarth Community Primary School
- Llangors Church in Wales Voluntary Controlled School
- Archdeacon Griffiths Church in Wales Voluntary Aided School, Llyswen