Another milestone is reached for Neath Port Talbot’s school build projects, as the building structure for Ysgol Cwm Brombil is completed.
This month heralds another momentous event for the county borough as pupils, teachers, builders and representatives from Bouygues UK, the Welsh Government and Neath Port Talbot Council celebrated a ‘topping out’ event at Ysgol Cwm Brombil, a new £30m all-through school in Margam.
At the event, guests were greeted with background music provided by pupils from Dyffryn School and Groes Primary School. Guests were then welcomed by Bouygues UK Regional Managing Director, Rob Bradley who spoke of the long history and tradition of ‘topping-out’ ceremonies.
Topping out is a phrase used to describe the traditional celebration of the completion of a building’s main structure. Now the countdown has started for the interior work.
Rob Bradley, Regional Managing Director of Bouygues UK, said: “It’s fantastic to have reached this important milestone in the delivery of Ysgol Cwm Brombil, illustrating the excellent progress we’ve made so far. We are very proud to be on-track for the delivery of another exceptional learning environment for the community of Neath Port Talbot, a reflection of the excellent working partnership we have built with the Council over the last few years.”
During the ceremony, Leader of Neath Port Talbot and ward member for Margam thanked everyone involved in the construction of the new school building, a £30m state of the art development. The project is being jointly funded by Neath Port Talbot Council and the Welsh Government, as part of its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.
Councillor Rob Jones also congratulated pupils for coming up with the new school name, Ysgol Cwm Brombil. The name was chosen in a competition by pupils for the new school in Margam.
The name came from the fact that the school site is at the foot of the Brombil Valley, and ‘Brombil Mountain’, which stands slightly behind three of the main hills that overlook Port Talbot: Mynydd Margam, Mynydd Emroch and Mynydd Dinas.
The new school is being built on the current Dyffryn Upper School/Groes Primary site. The original Groes Primary School was built with money from Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot in Groes Village, the village east of present day Margam which made way for the building of the M4 through Port Talbot in the 1970s – a replacement Groes Primary School was built in 1972 (where it is now) at Bertha Rd, Margam.
Shaun Clarke, Head of Ysgol Cwm Brombil, said: “It is a privilege to have been appointed by the school Governors and entrusted with the job of leading the pupils and staff of Ysgol Cwm Brombil as they embark on the next stage of their Education in a state of the art, 3-16 school.
I am looking forward to working with the whole community as we strive for even greater success for all our young people. By working together we can ensure that all students enjoy their time at school, make excellent progress and leave us with the necessary skills and attitudes to lead successful and fulfilling lives”.
The grand finale of the celebration event ended with guests witnessing a yew tree being hoisted over the new school building.
Councillor Peter Rees, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture said: “This is a fantastic milestone for the new school, which will be another amazing addition to the other new school builds in the county borough, which include: Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera Phase 2, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur, and Ysgol Carreg Hir.
“This event highlights the Council’s ambitious plans for creating the best environment for teaching and learning to help us improve standards, making sure the right schools are in the right place, and they are fit for 21st Century learners.
“We’re delighted that pupils and staff at Ysgol Cwm Brombil will have such a great facility to come to when the new school opens in the autumn of 2018”.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said: “The Welsh Government is committed to driving up educational standards in Wales, including overcoming barriers to learning and supporting the provision of fit for purpose schools and colleges of the right size, in the right location and with the right facilities to deliver our new curriculum.
“Our support for this £30 million new build school is further evidence of that commitment. This project is part of the first phase of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, which will see the rebuild and refurbishment of over 150 schools and colleges across Wales, representing the largest investment in our schools and colleges since the 1960s.”
The construction of the new school will accommodate up to 1455 pupils aged 3 to 16. The new school is being built on the current Dyffryn Upper School/Groes Primary site.
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