As staff and students enjoy their summer holidays, schools across the County Borough will be undergoing a major overhaul as part of the Council’s ongoing multi-million-pound investment in Education.
Improvement works totalling £7.9m are being carried out at education premises all over Rhondda Cynon Taf during the six-week period prior to the start of the new academic year in September.
The funding, which is part of the Local Authority’s wider £200m RCTinvest programme, will see the Council continue to make significant enhancements to the quality of it schools, which is a vital part of its school modernisation programme and 21st Century Schools Programme.
The improvement works, made up of 82 projects, have been divided into categories considered a priority, and investment areas include Schools Investment Programme (£2m), roof renewal (£1.7m) and essential works (£0.495m).
Improvements works being carried out include remodelling kitchens, window and door replacements, upgrading classrooms, roof replacements, electrical rewiring, fire alarm upgrades, toilet refurbishments and boiler replacements
The largest single investments include a replacement roof for the main block of Bryncelynnog Comprehensive School (£400,000), a replacement flat roof at Mountain Ash Comprehensive (£200,000).
Hawthorn Primary will have a remodelled school entrance and improvements to its Early Years section (£180,000), while classrooms will be remodelled at Ysgol y Cymer (£170,000), and at Cwmlai Primary to provide a 21st Century learning environment (£100,000).
Toilet refurbishments will take place at Dolau Primary, Ffynnon Taf Primary, Tonysuboriau Primary, Pontyclun Primary, Gwaunmeisgyn Primary and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Abercynon.
Boilers will be replaced at Gwauncelyn Primary, Pontrhondda Primary, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Abercynon, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llyn-y-Forwyn and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Rhydywaun, and kitchens will be remodelled at Ferndale Community School, Mountain Ash Comprehensive and Cardinal Newman RC Comprehensive.
Cllr Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said:
“An ongoing programme of work is required in our schools in order to ensure that our buildings are safe, watertight and warm.
“This investment, totalling almost £8m, helps the Council deliver its long-term school modernisation improvement programme, which supports one of the Council’s Corporate Plan Priorities of building a strong economy.
“The continuation of the Council’s three-year Capital Programme also allows us to make significant enhancements to the quality of our school premises, which in turn benefit all students and staff.
“This Council is committed to providing our young people with educational facilities which will help offer them the best-possible opportunities, which is evident in our 21st Century Schools Programme across the County Borough.”
For further details on the improvement works being carried out, visit www.rct.gov.uk/rctinvest