COUNCILLORS are set to discuss a proposal for a new super school in the Swansea Valley.

A report asking for approval to consult with communities on the proposal, which would see a new English medium primary school, is to be considered by councillors at a Neath Port Talbot Council cabinet meeting on October 21.

The proposal also includes the addition of a new swimming pool with learner pool to complement the current health and wellbeing offer for pupils and the wider community.

The new school, for ages 3-11 years, will be funded jointly by the council through its Strategic School Improvement Programme and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme which is modernising schools across Wales.

So far, the joint programme has seen more than £123m invested in modern Neath Port Talbot Schools - the biggest investment in education in Wales outside of Cardiff.

It is proposed the new Swansea Valley primary school will be built on land in Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe. It will form part of a learning, health and wellbeing community campus which includes Cwmtawe Community School and Pontardawe Leisure Centre.

The new primary school would replace Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg primary schools. The proposed new English-medium primary school for boys and girls aged 3-11 years will accommodate 630 full-time pupils and 140 part-time nursery age pupils.

It would also accommodate a Learning Support Centre (LSC) for primary age pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The proposals says the inclusion of a swimming pool at the site will further enhance the physical activity and wellbeing opportunities for pupils who currently attend Alltwen, Godre’rgraig and Llangiwg Primary schools, as well as those at Cwmtawe Community School which is also closely located to the new build site, and pupils of other nearby schools including YGG Trebannws and YGG Pontardawe.

Subject to approval, it is intended to consult on this proposal between November 3, 2020 and January 5, 2021.

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