A Rhondda Cynon Taf school is leading the way in Wales with IT technology
A Rhondda Cynon Taf school is the first in Wales to benefit from new ‘super-fast’ Broadband investment from the Welsh Government.
Y Pant Comprehensive School has been upgraded under the Welsh Government's Learning in Digital Wales Grant scheme aimed at ensuring that all schools benefit from faster Broadband speeds and access to the Internet via WI FI facilities in teaching and learning environments within our schools.
A first for Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is delighted that one of its schools was the first to receive the increase in Broadband provision as part of the project under the Welsh Government grant scheme.
Earlier this year, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones announced a massive £39m investment in Broadband for schools in a bid to put Wales in the digital driving seat.
The new Learning in Digital Wales Grant will ensure that learners are able to access faster, high-quality Broadband services which are both robust and reliable.
Y Pant Comprehensive School in Pontyclun has received its upgrade from an 8 MB to 100 MB Broadband service, marking a major improvement in the upgrade programme which will now be rolled out across Wales.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am delighted that one of our schools is once again a flagship for Wales and is leading the way with this much-needed boost to their ICT infrastructure in order to improve the overall provision of teaching and learning in all of our schools.
“The Council has been working very closely with Welsh Government and Logicalis (Wales) to ensure that we are the pioneers in delivering on the requirements of the Learning in Digital Wales Grant.
“Whilst the upgrade of Y Pant Comprehensive School’s Broadband service is a major milestone, we are now working with teachers and students in order to get the best possible use out of the new technology.”
Y Pant Comprehensive School is home to around 1,200 11-to-18 year-olds from the surrounding area.
Wales Education Minister Huw Lewis said: “I am delighted that Y Pant Comprehensive School is the first school in Wales to receive high-speed Broadband funded by the Learning in Digital Wales grant scheme.
"This investment demonstrates our commitment to create world-class resources for Welsh schools.
“By 2014, primary and secondary schools in Wales will have access to safe and secure broadband services needed to deliver a world-class digital education.
"Importantly, this funding will also allow pupils and teachers to make full use of the online tools and resources provided by Hwb, our new digital learning platform for all learners aged 3-19 in Wales, and also create and host their own local secure learning platforms."