Neath Port Talbot Councillors have approved plans for three school projects.
The investment of nearly £50m in new build projects marks an important milestone in the Council’s Strategic School Improvement Programme which aims to raise school standards and enhance the quality of the learning environment by providing the right schools in the right places and delivering both English and Welsh medium education.
The investment also demonstrates the Council’s commitment to support and further develop Welsh language education in schools and in our communities.
All three construction projects are due to start this March, ready for occupation in September 2018.
Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera Phase 2 which will see £3.5m invested in a two storey teaching block to accommodate up to 200 pupils aged 3-11.
The first phase has seen the demolition of poor condition buildings to make way for a new teaching block comprising class rooms, specialist design technology rooms and science labs for secondary aged students. The new block opened earlier this year and together with the primary phase build this site will see a significant capital investment, demonstrating the Council’s commitment to securing Welsh medium education in the north of the County Borough.
Ysgol Newydd Gymunedol Gymraeg – a new Welsh medium secondary school which will be built on the site of the former Sandfields Comprehensive and Traethmelyn Primary Schools.
The £16m investment in this new build project will provide Welsh medium secondary education for students aged 11-16.
The redevelopment of the Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera campus together with the new Welsh medium secondary school build on the former Sandfields Comprehensive School site form part of the Council’s plans to strengthen the provision of Welsh medium education under one management and leadership team, part of one school, Ysgol Newydd Gymunedol Gymraeg, with responsibility for Welsh medium education at both sites.
The north campus, at the Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera site, will provide for students aged 3-18 whilst the south campus will deliver education to students aged 11-16. This makes secondary Welsh medium education more accessible across the County Borough.