Press Release

Consultation on new primary school for the Swansea Valley

15 October 2020

A report asking for approval to consult with Swansea Valley school communities on a proposal to establish a new English medium 3-11 school will be considered by councillors at a Cabinet meeting on 21st October 2020.

Consultation on new primary school for the Swansea Valley

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.

The new 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.

So far, the joint programme has seen more than £123m invested in modern Neath Port Talbot Schools - the biggest investment in education in Wales outside of Cardiff.

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.

The 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).

Inclusion of a swimming pool at the site will 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 intended to consult on this proposal between 3rd November 2020 and 5th January 2021.

You can read the full report here:


If you would like to watch Neath Port Talbot Council’s virtual Joint Education, Skills and Culture and Cabinet Scrutiny Committee (21/10/20) which will discuss the proposal and forthcoming consultation exercise, please email  by no later than 12noon on Tuesday, 20th October 2020, with your name and email address for arrangements to be made for you to join the meeting via Teams. 



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