Aberdare £350m Super-School Plan
Tuesday, 19th June 2012Plans for a multi-million pound super-school for 1,600 pupils in the Cynon Valley have been unveiled. Artists' impressions of the £50m project have been shown to staff and pupils at Michael Sobell Sports Centre in Aberdare. They include a state-of-the-art sport and leisure centre, expanding the existing Aberdare pool, replacing the Michael Sobell Sports' Centre. The school will replace Blaengwawr Comprehensive, Aberdare Girls' and Aberdare High schools, which will close in August 2014. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is proposing the school on one site as part of an "education, leisure and community masterplan" from September 2014. But David Evans, the head teacher at Blaengwawr School, said community schools needed to remain within the Cynon Valley so pupils were given a more personal education. Eudine Hanagan, Welsh Government cabinet member for education, skills and lifelong learning, said: "This ambitious scheme forms part of the council's robust response to the issues facing our young residents today. “They need and deserve flexible, exceptional learning environments in which they can secure the education, qualifications, vocational skills and personal development they need to thrive in whatever they choose to be in life." She said the scheme would give children "the best possible opportunities". "Of course, this development will also benefit the wider community, complementing the extensive regeneration of the town centre to ensure Aberdare has an excellent range of leisure, health, social and shopping experiences for its residents but also to attract new visitors and investors," she said.