Neath Port Talbot Councillors have approved plans for Ysgol Newydd Briton Ferry, Neath.
The go-ahead marks yet another key 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.
The new primary school in Briton Ferry will accommodate 420 pupils and provide nursery accommodation for 75 pupils.
It will be built on the site of the former Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School, designed and constructed to exceed the environmental performance stipulated by the latest Building Regulations.
The plans also include multi use games areas and hard and soft play areas for different age groups.
Construction on the £7m project is due to start next month with doors opening to pupils in September 2018.
The Council’s Strategic School Improvement Programme will see a multi-million pound investment in Neath Port Talbot schools, of which 50% will be grant funded by the Welsh Government.
This latest development will bring the total investment in new schools in the County Borough to over £134m with some new schools already completed and operational and others underway.
Councillor Peter Rees, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture said:
“Our Strategic Schools Improvement Programme is a real statement of our belief in our children and young people, giving them the best start in life and helping them to be the best they can be.
“Despite the budget pressures we face, the investment in this and many other schools in the County Borough demonstrates our commitment to education, making sure the right schools are in the right place, and that they are fit for 21st Century learners.”