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New Brynmenyn Primary School taking shape

20 November 2017

Twice as big and surrounded by sports pitches and green spaces – the brand new Brynmenyn Primary is going to be very different from the current ageing school.

The century-old school is being relocated less than a mile away from its home on Bryn Road to the former site of Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School next to Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen.

The brand new two-storey school will open in February 2018, and a group of pupils made a site visit last week to check on the latest progress.

Head Teacher Clare Dale said: “Our ‘Building Ambassador’ pupils have been visiting the site regularly since work began in February, but this is the first time they’ve been here since the summer so it’s great to see how much has changed since then.

“The children enjoyed seeing their new classrooms and loved taking in their new views from the windows. As our current school is surrounded by concrete they were particularly excited to look out at where their new green spaces and sports pitches are going to be.”

The new Brynmenyn Primary School is being built at a total cost of £9.16m and is being jointly funded by Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government’s 21st century schools programme.

Councillor Huw David, the Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “Making a site visit to see a new school taking shape is almost becoming a weekly occurrence at the moment, and it’s something that makes me so proud.

“As well as Brynmenyn, building work is also underway on a new Pencoed Primary, Betws Primary and Ysgol Cwm Garw so it is a very exciting time. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved so far, including the council’s project team, Head Teacher Clare Dale, governors, school staff, the contractors BAM Construction Limited, and Boyes Rees Architects who designed the school.

“Brynmenyn Primary is being relocated because the current school can’t be expanded and there are also significant issues with traffic congestion. The brand new school will be double the size of the old one with ultra-modern facilities, playing fields, as well as dedicated soft play areas for nursery and reception pupils.

“This fantastic new facility will also help us to cope with a rising demand for school places in the Valleys Gateway area for many years to come.”

Brynmenyn School started as a Council Infants School at Betharan Vestry on 18 October 1909, and the present school building opened its doors on 13 January 1913.

Historical items from the existing school will be incorporated into the new school where possible. For example, the school has a memorial to Sarah Jane Howell, a former assistant teacher who died saving a pupil from drowning in the river in 1911.

It has also been confirmed that the entrance road to the new school will be named ‘Heol Sarah Jane Howell’ in her honour.

Last Updated: 21/11/2017
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