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Three Swansea Valley schools could be replaced with one new one under latest Council plans

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Neath Port Talbot Council has published a consultation report for their proposals to establish an English-medium primary school for children aged 3 to 11, to replace Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg Primary schools.

The replacement school, built on land in Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe, would accommodate 630 full-time pupils and 140 part-time nursery age pupils. It would also provide a learning support centre for up to 16 pupils with statements for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

The council say this would form part of a learning, health and wellbeing community campus made up of Cwmtawe Community School and Pontardawe Leisure Centre – the campus including a six-lane swimming pool with additional learner pool to enhance the health and wellbeing offer for pupils and the wider community.

Pupils from the three existing schools will automatically transfer to the new school subject to parental preference. It will be managed with one head teacher and one governing body and will have one budget allocation and one group of staff.

The council sought views between November 3rd last year and January 9th this year on its proposals.

Out of the 161 submissions to it’s online consultation, just 14 were in support of the council’s plans. A 413 signature petition against the proposals was also submitted as part of the consultation.

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In a statement, Neath Port Talbot Council said: “Having the right schools in the right place and ensuring that they are fit for the 21st Century learner is the challenge facing councils across Wales and the rest of the UK.

“Publication of the consultation report is the next step in the school reorganisation process as set out in the Welsh Government’s statutory School Organisation Code.

“The report contains a comprehensive summary of comments and contains a wide variety of views, including those of parents, pupils, town and community councils, Senedd Members, trade unions and Welsh education and training inspectorate Estyn.”


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