Posted: Mon 22nd Feb 2016

Views to be gathered on plans for new Pencoed Primary School /
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 22nd, 2016

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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