Caerphilly’s Cabinet has given the green light to progress to consultation on three exciting new 21st Century Schools proposals under the Band B programme.
The approval will see the authority progress to stakeholder consultation on three key projects set to transform the learning environment for pupils and staff, as a result of Welsh Government Funding and a contribution from Caerphilly Council’s Place Shaping Reserve.
£5.5m Centre for Vulnerable Learners – A proposal to adapt and refurbish an old grammar school building (former Pontllanfraith High School), to accommodate a new fit-for-purpose pupil referral unit.
£4m Llancaeach Junior School and Llanfabon Infants School – A proposal to amalgamate both schools via the expansion and refurbishment of the existing Llanfabon Infants site. The new Primary School will offer places for 275 pupils plus nursery.
£9m Plasyfelin Primary School – A proposal to build a new and enlarged replacement school in the grounds of the existing school site, to accommodate future projected demand within the area. The new school will provide 420 pupil places plus nursery.
All three proposals will include facilities accessible to the wider community and work towards our decarbonisation targets which are now embedded into all 21st Century Schools schemes.
Cllr Ross Whiting, Cabinet Member for Education and Leisure said, “I am thrilled that post Cabinet approval we have been able to secure the funding to press ahead with the consultation stage of these projects. We have a proven track record of developing state of the art facilities for our learners to improve, achieve and feel inspired, and I have no doubt that we will once again rise to the challenge.
“We have bold ambitions to provide every learner with the best life chances and we are committed to doing this through the provision of high quality teaching, learning and leadership across our school settings.”
The 21st Century Schools programme is a major, long-term, strategic capital investment programme jointly funded by the Welsh Government. The programme also contributes to the Council’s Wellbeing and Place Shaping Framework of investment across Caerphilly county borough.