On a recent visit to Ysgol Bae Baglan, Council Leader Ali Thomas saw first-hand the progress made at the new school.
Ysgol Bae Baglan, a £40m development, is the biggest single investment in school infrastructure in the history of Neath Port Talbot and paves the way for an exciting and transformational approach to delivering education services in an ‘all through’ approach. It is supported by 50% funding from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme with the remaining 50% coming from the Council’s own resources.
The project will deliver a new campus replacing four existing schools: Cwrt Sart Community School, Glanafan Comprehensive School, Sandfields Comprehensive School and Traethmelyn Primary School.
The local community, groups and organisations will be encouraged to use the school facilities by providing a secure and welcoming but readily accessed and managed environment. They will be able to use the sports facilities and other areas in the building for academic and vocational purposes, as well as performance spaces, meeting rooms, conference and recreation facilities.
Neath Port Talbot Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas OBE said: “This is going to be a wonderful facility we can all be proud of and I am pleased to see the good progress we are making.
“Despite the budget pressures we face, the investment in this new school demonstrates our commitment to education and providing the best possible opportunities for our young people.
“Working in partnership with the Welsh Government we are creating a stimulating and inspiring environment for teaching and learning to help raise standards and improve outcomes by ensuring the right schools are in the right place, and that they are fit for 21st Century learners.”
The new school is scheduled to open early September in time for the start of the 2016 academic year.