£39m Neath Port Talbot 'Super School' Plans Get Backing
Plans for a £39m ‘super school’ to replace three long established comprehensives in South Wales have taken a major step forward after councillors agreed to back the idea. The 1,000-pupil school would be established to replace three comprehensives in Neath Port Talbot. The super school is part of the authority’s wider £93m Schools Improvement Programme which has already won Welsh Government funding.
Neath Port Talbot council’s cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to establish the new 1,000-pupil school on playing fields at Western Avenue between Sandfields and Baglan Moors, Port Talbot, close to the M4. Under the scheme, the existing Sandfields Comprehensive School in Port Talbot, Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive in Briton Ferry and Glan Afan Comprehensive in the centre of Port Talbot would be demolished and redeveloped or reused.
The “21st Century” super school would take most of the pupils from Glan Afan, Cwrt Sart and Sandfields with some pupils attending Cwrt Sart moving to Cefn Saeson Comprehensive in Cimla, Neath. Pupils from Traethmelyn Primary School in Port Talbot would also transfer to the new super school which is due to be completed by September 2016.
Under the super school proposal, the Sandfields Comprehensive school site would be made available for Welsh-medium education. There are plans for the Glan Afan Comprehensive town centre site to be released for “economic regeneration”. And it is proposed that the Cwrt Sart Comprehensive site would make way for a new-build primary school with associated community facilities.A Neath Port Talbot council spokesman said yesterday: “After the cabinet’s backing for the new super school, public consultation on the scheme could be extended for a month after which the Welsh Government may be called in to give final approval.”