At its meeting on January 24, Cabinet agreed to progress education proposals for Hirwaun and Penderyn, announced in September 2018 as part of a wider £23.9m investment for the Upper Cynon Valley.
They include a brand new £10.4m school building for Hirwaun Primary, and the dual-language Penderyn Primary being converted to a full Welsh Medium school. Cabinet amended initial proposals to allow English medium admissions to Penderyn Primary School until 2021 when it is proposed that the school will change category to a Welsh medium school.
The Council carried out a public consultation for these changes, which ran over 12 weeks from October 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018 – and Cabinet considered the feedback outlined in an Officer report in Thursday’s meeting.
The new school for Hirwaun will replace its current buildings, which do not provide modern educational facilities and have a backlog of maintenance of £1.9m – the highest of any primary school in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Penderyn Primary has a much newer school in excellent condition. Its catchment area for Welsh Medium pupils is much larger than for English Medium pupils, encompassing Hirwaun and Rhigos.
In total, 58 written responses were received during the consultation and 60 residents, including pupils from Hirwaun Primary and Penderyn Primary, attended a consultation event to find out more details about the proposals. Views conveyed at a second meeting held by a Local Member, and feedback provided by the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee, were all considered as part of the consultation process.
As a result of Cabinet’s decision on Thursday, a consultation report will be published on January 30th, 2019, and the statutory notice for the changes in relation to both schools will be published on February 13th, 2019.