New Betws Primary School is progressing well

Thursday, 7 December 2017

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Pupils from Betws Primary have enjoyed a visit to their brand new school which will open in January 2018.

The new state-of-the-art Betws Primary is being built next door to the current school and, once the Betws pupils move in after Christmas, their old school will be demolished to make way for a new Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwm Garw, which will relocate from nearby Pontycymer.

The project is costing a total of £11.2m and is being jointly funded by Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government’s 21st century schools programme.

Two Betws pupils – head of school council Josie Williams and head of eco committee Lewis David – took a look at the latest progress, and were joined by Cllr Huw David, the leader of BCBC, who said: “Both new schools will be fully equipped with state of the art facilities and this development will leave a lasting legacy for both the Ogmore and Garw valleys.

“We are extremely proud of our school modernisation programme in Bridgend county borough. Within the last decade,we have seen the completion of multi-million-pound projects including Archbishop McGrath Catholic School, Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen, Coity Primary School, Maesteg Comprehensive School, Penyfai CIW Primary School, Caerau Primary School, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd and the Bryncethin Campus.

“In addition to these two new schools being built in Betws, work is also nearing completion on a new Brynmenyn Primary School and construction is underway on a new Pencoed Primary School too.”

Betws Head of School Liz Pearce said: “Our new school is going to be very different from our current one, where some lessons have had to be taught in temporary classrooms since an electrical fire caused extensive damage in 2012.

“As the new school is being built just next door, we’ve all really enjoyed watching it take shape. The children are all very excited and can’t wait to move in after Christmas.”

Cllr David added: “I was thrilled that the Welsh Government announced earlier this month that they’ll be investing a further £2.3bn across Wales through band B of their 21st century schools programme.

“The first wave of the programme has meant that ageing schools have been replaced by first class learning environments, and I’m excited about the opportunities that will be provided locally by the next wave of funding to enable current and future generations of pupils to excel and achieve their full potential.”

The new Betws Primary School and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwm Garw have been designed by BCBC’s in-house design team and are being built by Andrew Scott Limited. The new buildings will be built to BREEAM ‘excellent’ standards of sustainability, using more than 15 per cent of recycled materials.

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