New school ready to wel­come pupils for its first term

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WORK on the brand-new £10.8m Pen­coed Pri­mary School is reach­ing its fi­nal stages in readi­ness for the school bell ringing for the first time on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 5.

Con­struc­tion work was com­pleted ear­lier this month and the class­rooms are cur­rently be­ing fit­ted out with equip­ment.

When pupils walk through the doors to start the new term, it will the first time that the whole pri­mary school has been on a sin­gle site since the old school was built in the early 1900s.

For more than a cen­tury, there were sep­a­rate in­fant and ju­nior sec­tions, with build­ings across ei­ther side of the busy Pen­prysg Road as well as premises at Heol y Cyw.

Coun­cil­lor Huw David, leader of Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil, said: “I can’t em­pha­sise enough how proud I am that we have been able to de­liver an out­stand­ing new school for the peo­ple of Pen­coed.

“The old school build­ings served gen­er­a­tions of lo­cal peo­ple, but this mod­ern in­te­grated fa­cil­ity is re­quired so that we can move with the times and can pro­vide the best ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment pos­si­ble.

“I am sure that pupils and par­ents will be amazed by the fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer at the new school. The de­sign is sim­i­lar to the new Bet­tws Pri­mary School, which was also de­signed by the coun­cil’s in­house de­sign team. Class- rooms can be found off one long cir­cu­la­tion space which runs through the heart of the school on both the ground and first floors.

“That long open space is put to ex­cel­lent use at Bet­tws, where they fondly call it a ‘street’, and I can see it be­com­ing equally pop­u­lar with pupils at Pen­coed for read­ing, com­puter work and other learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The new school hall is sim­i­larly im­pres­sive, while I am struck by how light and bright the whole of the new school is, both in­side and out.

“I would like to thank Welsh Gov­ern­ment for their on­go­ing sup­port to our school mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme and also thank our con­trac­tors BAM Con­struc­tion Ltd, pupils, teach­ers, gov­er­nors, school staff, coun­cil staff and every­one else who has made this project a re­al­ity.”

The new school has been jointly funded by Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil and the Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s 21st Cen­tury Schools and Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme. The to­tal coun­cil in­vest­ment is £6.766m, while the Welsh Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided £4.067m.

Sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal au­thor­ity in­vest­ment of ap­prox­i­mately £400,000 has also been made via high­ways works and traf­fic calm­ing to im­prove road safety nearby and en­able pupils to travel to school safely on foot, bike or scooter.

Coun­cil­lor Charles Smith, cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion, said: “This is the start of a won­der­ful new era for Pen­coed Pri­mary School. I know that every­one at the school is re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing to­gether on one site and no longer need­ing to cross a busy main road sev­eral times a day in order to walk be­tween classes, while the new fa­cil­i­ties are sec­ond to none.

“Any­one who has been peek­ing through at the build­ing site since con­struc­tion work be­gan last July will be thor­oughly im­pressed when they see the end re­sult. The start of term is al­ways an ex­cit­ing time, but will be par­tic­u­larly fun for the Pen­coed Pri­mary School pupils this year.”

Fea­tur­ing a 70-place nurs­ery and fa­cil­i­ties for chil­dren with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs, the new school will also cater for up to 510 pupils aged be­tween four and 11 and in­cludes sports and leisure fa­cil­i­ties that can be shared with the wider com­mu­nity.

There will also be eight places for vis­ually im­paired pupils, eight in­fant ob­ser­va­tion places, eight places for pupils with autism and two fur­ther classes of 15 places for pupils with mod­er­ate learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

The new £10.8m Pen­coed Pri­mary School

In­side the new school

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