Pupils in Tonyrefail will benefit from even more fantastic facilities when they return to school after Easter – as the secondary element of the state-of-the-art Tonyrefail Community School has now been constructed and furnished.
These photos show the excellent 21st Century learning environment that awaits secondary age pupils from the new 3-19 school which, as part of a wider £85m investment in education across Rhondda and Tonyrefail, opened with a brand new primary school building in September 2019.
Work has since continued on the scheme’s secondary school element – which includes another brand new state-of-the-art building, linked to an extensively refurbished Grade II-Listed building via glass walkways. The former Victorian comprehensive building has been sympathetically transformed into an education facility fit for the 21st Century equipped with brand new technology, while the building’s traditional features have been retained.
The keys were handed to the Council at the end of March 2019 after construction was completed – and furnishing has since been substantially completed. Finishing touches will take place over the Easter holiday, and staff and pupils will be welcomed back to their new school after the Easter break, with pupils returning on Wednesday, May 1, to enjoy the excellent facilities.
Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I’m delighted that the secondary element of Tonyrefail Community School has now been completed, as we continue to see the benefit of the £85m investment in education across Rhondda and Tonyrefail – jointly funded through #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.
“The refurbished school is absolutely stunning, combining modern and state-of-the-art facilities with the retention of important Victorian features of the building – which has for many years held an important place within the community. A second brand new building for the school has also been constructed, creating a modern, stimulating learning environment for our young people.
“The Council is determined to continue investing in our young people, as we aim to bring the very best education facilities to as many communities as possible. The investment in Rhondda and Tonyrefail was completed alongside a £7.2m primary school which has transformed education in Cwmaman.
“The completion of this project in Tonyrefail represents the start of a new chapter for education in the village. I’m looking forward to seeing staff and pupils settle into their brilliant new surroundings, which will give our young people the very best opportunities for their education.”
From the upcoming summer term, the Council’s contractor will focus on the next stage of the wider project – to demolish the existing school building and replace it with a new car park, including new bus drop-off/pick-up points. This process will take place over the next 12 months.