Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skilles and Lifelong Learning, at the new £11.5m Abercynon Community School
The brand-new multi-million-pound Abercynon Community Primary School officially opens its doors this week.
Situated in the heart of the Cynon Valley, the state-of-the-art building illustrates Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s commitment to creating inspirational education facilities fit for the 21st Century.
After their summer break, staff and pupils have started the new academic year within their fantastic new surroundings.
A Public Open Day at the school takes place on Wednesday, September 4.
The ambitious £11.5m Abercynon Community Primary School has been built on the site of the former village infants’ school and adult education centre, in the heart of the village.
It has been designed to replace out-dated facilities at the former Abercynon Infants, Carnetown and Abertaf Primary Schools.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Lifelong Skills and Learning, said: “The start of the new academic year heralds an exciting new chapter in education for our students, and for future generations at Abercynon Community Primary School.
“The benefits of this new, inspiration school are enormous and will have a positive, lasting effect on the communities which it serves. It is a modern, sustainable and environmentally-friendly school that is of high quality.
“Children educated in such surroundings can achieve and realise their potential.
“Yet it is much more than a school, it is also a hugely significant project for the entire community, bringing together people of all ages to attend classes, or use the modern library facilities.
“This has been an ambitious and important scheme that delivers an excellent 21st Century learning environment for the locality.”
The new Abercynon Community Primary School is home to more than 320 pupils and consists of 14 classrooms within a two-storey development. The overall cost of the project is £11.5million, with £8million funded by the Welsh Government.
The school has been designed to accommodate the Foundation Phase initiative and to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ‘Excellent’ rating.
The Grade II Listed War Memorial Clock remains in the same location within the development. Additional car parking has also been accommodated within the school site.
The required Foundation Phase external teaching space has a covered area provided outside each of the ground floor classrooms. Each covered teaching area is secured outside school hours with electrically-operated roller shutters.
The school also has a stunning embankment and an amphitheatre, enclosed multi-use games area, a mixed fruit orchard, raised vegetable/flower planters and a habitat area.
A Public Open Day takes place at the new Abercynon Community Primary School on Wednesday, September 4, from 2pm until 3pm. Members of the public will be able to take part in a tour of the school, sample school meals provided by the Council’s Catering Direct and also enjoy entertainment provided by the school choir.