Second phase of 21st century Schools project sees £140 million investment in education across the Vale of Glamorgan
THE Vale of Glamorgan Council is set to embark on the second phase of its 21st Century Schools programme, which will see an unprecedented £140 million investment across nursery, primary, secondary and faith schools in the County.
Following on from spending of £31 million in the programme’s first stage, public consultation on a range of exciting developments as part of Band B will begin imminently, with some projects scheduled to start within months.
This represents a major commitment to improving educational facilities and will make a real difference to thousands of children across the Vale.
Work to create two new English medium mixed-sex schools to replace the existing single-sex Barry and Bryn Hafren comprehensive schools is well under way.
Access to Band B funding will ensure that these schools, set to open in September 2018, will benefit from substantial investment in their buildings.
Welsh language secondary education will also benefit under Band B, with Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg set to undergo extensive improvement and expansion works in order to cater for a growing number of pupils requiring secondary education in that medium in the Barry area.
In total, Band B of the Council’s 21st Century Schools programme will cost £142,417 million, with £83,825 million coming from Welsh Government.
Business cases for all schemes will need to be approved by Welsh Government.
Schemes that will be subject to consultation include: new, modern buildings for St David’s Primary School in Colwinston and Llancarfan Primary School, an extended and remodelled school building for St Nicholas, new and remodelled school buildings in Cowbridge, a new school on Barry Waterfront and a new Catholic school for pupils aged three to 16.
Cllr Bob Penrose, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture, said: “I’m delighted it has been possible to secure such a significant funding sum for the latest round of work in this exciting project.
“The size of the investment will allow us to embark on a variety of projects that can have far-reaching positive consequences across the Vale of Glamorgan’s educational landscape. Nursery, primary, secondary, Welsh, English and faith schools are all set to benefit as part of this groundbreaking series of improvement works.”