New 21st Century Schools – Progress so far
Since the start of the council’s Strategic School Improvement Programme, some new schools are open and operational. They are:
Awel Y Mor
A £7.9m primary school in Sandfields, Port Talbot
Ysgol Bae Baglan
The award winning £40m all through school in Baglan, Port Talbot - judged the UK's 'Building Project of the Year' at the 2017 Constructing Excellence awards and has won other design and construction awards.
Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera
£16m investment in the YGY campus in the Swansea Valley to provide for students aged 3-18 in the north of the County Borough. A new teaching block for primary aged pupils is due to open later this year.
The programme is gathering pace and 2018 will see the opening of another four new school builds, all due to open later this year:
- The second phase of Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera,
- Ysgol Cwm Brombil,
- Ysgol Bro Dur
- Ysgol Carreg Hir
At Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley £3.5m is being invested in a two-storey teaching block to accommodate up to 200 pupils aged 3-11. This project is expected to be completed by mid-2018. The first phase of this school project opened in 2017.
Ysgol Cwm Brombil
Ysgol Cwm Brombil, a new £30m all-through school for pupils aged 3 to16, will replace Dyffryn School and Groes Primary School. The new school is being built on the current Dyffryn Upper School/Groes Primary site.
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur
This new Welsh medium provision for pupils aged 11 to16 is being built on the site of the former Sandfields Comprehensive and Traethmelyn Primary Schools. The £19.3m investment will provide Welsh medium secondary education in the south of the county borough.
This new Welsh medium provision together with the redevelopment of the existing Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera site will form a key part of the council’s plans to strengthen the provision of Welsh medium education across the county borough.
Ysgol Carreg Hir
A new £7m primary school is also being built in Briton Ferry, known as Ysgol Carreg Hir, named after an iconic Standing Stone erected in the Bronze Age. The new school was named by local children as Ysgol Carreg Hir which translates as ‘long stone’, in recognition of the ancient monument.
The mighty 9 foot 2 inch tall monolith stone will be located in the grounds of the former Cwrt Sart Comprehensive, where the new 420-pupil primary school is currently under construction.
Neath Port Talbot Council is developing its next phase of schemes for the Strategic School Improvement Programme. The Welsh Government, as part of its 21st Century Schools Programme, has indicated approval ‘in principle’ for capital grant support for the following outline proposals:
- Cefn Saeson Comprehensive ca.£29m
A new build English-medium school for 900 pupils aged 11-16 to replace an existing secondary school
- Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera – Bro Dur ca.£6m
New build replacement accommodation as part of the site redevelopment of the north campus at Ystalyfera. This work complements the new build facilities at the school already completed or underway.
- Ysgol Newydd (Cwmtawe) ca.£14m
A new build English-medium school in the Pontardawe area to accommodate primary age pupils as part of an ‘all-through’, 3-16 development involving Cwmtawe Comprehensive School and four existing primary schools.
- Ysgol Newydd (Coed Darcy) ca.£9m
A new build school for 450 pupils aged 3-11 (incl. Nursery) at Coed Darcy urban village. The language medium of the school is yet to be determined.
- Abbey Primary School ca.£9m
A new build English-medium school for 450 pupils (incl. Nursery) on a single site to replace the existing buildings located over 3 sites.