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Pupils visit new school site in Cwmaman

Glynhafod Junior School pupils had smiles on their faces when they visited the £7.2m community primary school site in Cwmaman, where first-class education facilities are being built.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is providing a new school fit for the 21st Century off Glanaman Road – where Glynhafod Junior and Cwmaman Infant schools will come together on a single site from September 2018.

This project has been funded via the Council’s #RCTinvest programme and with support from the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

Construction got underway on March 13 after the development was granted planning permission on March 2. The project includes a Multi Use Games Area, staff car park, service yard, grass pitches and external pupil spaces. The school building will include a dedicated community room for local groups.

Young people from Glynhafod Junior School have visited the site, as staff and pupils saw for themselves the progress being made during a tour of the area by the Council’s contractors Morgan Sindall.

It followed a visit by members of the school council, which included pupils from both the infant and junior schools, while school governors will also meet at the site offices next month for their own tour of the area.

Since work started contractors have made good progress with the preparatory earthworks, as well as excavation works for the diversion of an existing drainage culvert.

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “In what are exciting times for education in the local community, young people from Glynhafod Junior School were invited to visit the new primary school site. Many of the current pupils will be taught there in 21st Century facilities in just over 15 months’ time.

“Good progress has been made since the contractors started construction works two months ago, and they have taken advantage of the good weather to be ahead of schedule with the earthworks for the new school.”

In further good news for Cwmaman, the Council has recently published a statutory notice signalling its intention to start land drainage improvement works as part of the wider Cwmaman Flood Alleviation Scheme.