Views to be gathered on plans for new Pencoed Primary School
Plans for a new Pencoed Primary School have moved a step closer after Cabinet Members from Bridgend County Borough Council agreed to begin a formal consultation on the proposals.
The school is currently run over split sites, with some pupils being taught in buildings on Penprysg Road, while other pupils are based in the old Heol Y Cyw Primary School premises.
The plan is to bring all of the pupils together into one site which would be built on part of the school playing fields further along Penprysg Road.
Due to open from 1 April 2018, the school would have capacity for 510 pupils aged 4-11, a 70 place nursery plus provision for pupils with special education needs.
The cost of the new school would be met from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme and Bridgend County Borough Council.
Councillor Huw David, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “Under the School Organisation Statutory Code we will be carrying out a formal consultation on this ‘regulated alteration’ to Pencoed Primary School.
“We’ll be looking to gather the views of parents, carers, pupils, local councillors, the governing body and any other interested parties.”
The initial consultation period will cover six weeks, and the outcome will be reported to Cabinet Members who will decide whether to undertake a formal consultation process and issue a public notice.
A further report will then be made to Cabinet Members with any objections that are received and a decision will then be made on whether or not to implement the proposal.
Councillor David added: “The current school buildings were built in the early 1900s for separate infant, junior and secondary provision, but their layout is preventing necessary adaptations from being made.
“It is also far from ideal that many of the children currently have to cross a busy main road to walk between classes.
“So we are hopeful that the plans for an all-new building will be welcomed and that this can be the start of an exciting new era for Pencoed Primary School.”
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