Families Could Have their say on New Primary School for Swansea Valley
Approval to consult with the Swansea Valley school communities is being requested by councillors at the Cabinet meeting on 21st October 2020 for a proposal to establish a new English medium 3-11 school will be considered.
The new English medium primary school will be funded jointly by the council through its Strategic School Improvement Programme and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme which is modernising schools across Wales.
The proposal also includes the addition of a new swimming pool with additional learner pool to complement the current health and wellbeing offer for pupils and the wider community.
To date this joint programme has seen more than £123million invested in modernising Neath Port Talbot Schools , which is the biggest investment in education in Wales outside of Cardiff.
Where is the New Primary School to be Located?
It is proposed the new Swansea Valley primary school will be built on land in Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe. It will form part of a learning, health and wellbeing community campus which includes Cwmtawe Community School and Pontardawe Leisure Centre.
It is planned that this new primary school would replace Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg primary schools. The proposed new English-medium primary school for boys and girls aged 3-11 years will accommodate 630 full-time pupils and 140 part-time nursery age pupils.
It would also accommodate a Learning Support Centre (LSC) for primary age pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The inclusion of a swimming pool at the site is hoped to further enhance the physical activity and wellbeing opportunities for pupils who currently attend Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg Primary schools, as well as those at Cwmtawe Community School which is also closely located to the new build site, and pupils of other nearby schools including YGG Trebannws and YGG Pontardawe.
Subject to approval, it is planned that consultation about this new school will be held between 3rd November 2020 and 5th January 2021, which will be when local families will be able to submit their thoughts on this new build.
You can read the full report about this New School Proposal Here on the Neath Port Talbot Council website