South East Wales

Ynysboeth school destroyed by fire gets £5m replacement

Ynysboeth Infants School destroyed by fire
Image caption The infants school was destroyed by fire in June 2010

Children from the Cynon valley whose school was destroyed by fire two years ago are to get a new £5m building.

Ynysboeth Infants School in Mountain Ash burnt down in June 2010 shortly before its 50th anniversary.

Pupils have been sharing the junior school building, which will be demolished to make way for the new school, due to open in autumn 2013.

Children will be taught in a temporary campus at the former infants school site in the meantime.

The new building will incorporate solar panels to generate electricity.

Eudine Hanagan, Rhondda Cynon Taf cabinet member for education, said: "Both schools have had a challenging time following the fire that destroyed the Infant school two years ago.

"We pledged at the time of that fire, which forced the infant school pupils to move to the junior site, that we would do all we could to not only rebuild their accommodation, but do it to the highest possible standards and create the kind of school campus for which we are becoming acclaimed, offering outstanding learning environments."

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