Mil­lions to be spent on school build­ings

Cynon Valley - - NEWS - AN­THONY LEWIS an­thony.lewis@reach­plc.com

MIL­LIONS of pounds will be spent on new pri­mary school build­ings and re­cruit­ing new teach­ers in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Cab­i­net ap­proved the pro­pos­als which will see nearly £2.6m spent on pri­mary school build­ings and more than £1.3m on re­cruit­ing new teach­ers and sup­port staff.

Welsh Govern­ment grant fund­ing will go to­wards tak­ing on more staff at six schools, in­clud­ing Gelli Pri­mary School in Pen­tre, Llan­haran Pri­mary School in Pon­ty­clun, Par­clewis Pri­mary School in Pon­typridd, Peny­waun Pri­mary School in Aber­dare, and Pon­tyg­waith Pri­mary School and Ys­gol Gyn­radd Gym­raeg Llyn y For­wyn in Fern­dale.

The coun­cil is aim­ing to re­duce class sizes to fewer than 29 pupils.

The near £2.6m for im­prove­ment works to school build­ings in­cludes:

£800,000 on a twoclass­room ex­ten­sion block and ex­ter­nal play area im­prove­ments at Gelli Pri­mary School.

£600,000 on a twoclass­room ex­ten­sion block and ex­ter­nal play area im­prove­ments at Llan­haran Pri­mary School.

£200,000 on in­ter­nal re­mod­elling and re­fur­bish­ment to cre­ate an ad­di­tional teach­ing space, ex­ter­nal play area im­prove­ments and other up­grades to im­prove safe­guard­ing ar­range­ments at Par­clewis Pri­mary School.

A £995,000 in­vest­ment for Ffyn­non Taf Pri­mary School in Taff’s Well, with £395,000 com­ing from the Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Levy (CIL) from var­i­ous lo­cal de­vel­op­ments.

Coun­cil­lor Joy Rosser, cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and life­long learn­ing said: “This is a re­ally good news story. It is no more than they de­serve.”

Coun­cil­lor Geraint Hop­kins, cab­i­net mem­ber for adult com­mu­nity ser­vices and the Welsh lan­guage, thanked coun­cil for the in­vest­ment in Llan­haran Pri­mary School of which he is a gover­nor.

He added: “It shows the flex­i­bil­ity the coun­cil has in re­spond­ing to changes in de­mo­graph­ics.”

Llan­haran Pri­mary School in Pon­ty­clun will have £600,000 on a two-class­room ex­ten­sion block

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