Millions to be spent on school buildings
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