Posted: Sun 2nd Oct 2016

Tonyrefail School Update /
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Oct 2nd, 2016

Work is progressing well at Tonyrefail Comprehensive School as part of the Council’s £85m, 21st Century Schools programme for Rhondda and Tonyrefail. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The brand-new school is on track to open at the start of the 2018 academic year on the site of the current Secondary school. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, and local Councillor for Tonyrefail West, Cllr Eudine Hanagan, said: The latest images of the new 3-19 school for Tonyrefail are truly spectacular and demonstrate just what a fantastic facility the young people of Tonyrefail and staff are going to be able to enjoy. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“With work due to start shortly on the new main school building, 3G community pitch and improvements to the Tonyrefail Leisure Centre excitement is starting to build in the school and the local community. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The facilities we are able to provide our young people – with the support of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme and through our own RCTinvest programme – are second to none and will ensure our young people are able to learn in the best possible environments. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We know already that our significant investment in educational facilities across Rhondda Cynon Taf is having a positive impact on attainment, with this year’s GCSE results our best ever and we are very much looking forward to the positive impact for pupils, staff and the community of the new school for Tonyrefail.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Once opened, it will be a state-of-the-art 3-19 school for primary and secondary age pupils, serving the whole community following the Council’s £44m investment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

As part of the development, a new 3G all-weather pitch will also be opened, along with the refurbishment of Tonyrefail Leisure Centre, which will complement this massive investment project. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Physical Education will be taught in purpose-built classrooms, located at Tonyrefail Leisure Centre, which will provide a new secure entrance for pupils to access the facilities, including changing rooms which will be used exclusively by school pupils during the day and new updated fitness facilities for the whole community to use. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

As part of the Council’s 21st Century Schools Programme, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tonyrefail will be relocated to new premises which will be refurbished and redecorated for this purpose. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It is anticipated that this major investment will improve the quality of provision and educational outcomes of pupils. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Council’s £85m, 21st Century Schools programme for Rhondda and Tonyrefail is supported by the Welsh Government. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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