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Treorchy Comprehensive New Facilities

Pupils at Treorchy Comprehensive School are now able to enjoy brand new science facilities thanks to the significant 21st Century Schools initiative being delivered by the Council and Welsh Government.

Work to construct a state-of-the-art three-storey science block at the school has recently been completed,

and the new building handed over to the Council. Pupils have been able to enjoy learning in the modern classrooms, new science laboratories and specialist lecture theatre during the latter part of this summer term – after the project was delivered ahead of the 2018/19 academic year.

The improvements in Treorchy are part of a wider £85m investment across Rhondda and Tonyrefail to deliver 21st Century learning facilities during 2018/19. The projects are being jointly funded through #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

Treorchy Comprehensive School has also benefited from new sixth form facilities, while its former science block will now be remodelled and developed into general classrooms and a dedicated music department. The school is already making good use from two new Multi Use Games Areas which have been delivered as part of this investment, and a third will be completed and handed over to the school next year.

Councillor Joy Rosser, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said:

“It is fantastic to see our young people with smiles on their faces as they enjoy using their new classrooms and equipment for the first time. The completed science block in Treorchy is very impressive and certainly fit for the 21st Century, and it will help improve educational outcomes for generations of young people to come.

“The 21st Century Schools investment through #RCTinvest and the Welsh Government will transform the opportunities for our young people – and it is great to see the progress being made on a number of projects which are now in their final stages, to be delivered at the start of the 2018/19 academic year.

“Pupils in Treorchy have been using their new classrooms during lessons at the end of the summer term, and I’m sure they are looking forward to returning after the summer break to further benefit from these new facilities.”