South East Wales

Llanharry set for £3m Welsh medium primary school

Llanhari comprehensive school
Image caption The new primary school will share the existing Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari site

Councillors in Rhondda Cynon Taf have agreed to open the first Welsh language primary school in Llanharry.

The £3.3m school will share a site with existing secondary Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari.

A new £42m English-medium comprehensive school is also planned for Aberdare.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's cabinet members agreed to the plans on Monday at a special cabinet meeting. A consultation period with the community has begun.

The school will be the first Welsh-medium primary school in the village of Llanharry, an area where the council says "demand from residents is greatest".

The new facility will provide 240 places for children aged between three and 11.

Welsh-language secondary school Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari will remain, retaining the same governing body, headteacher and senior management team.

'Seamless transition'

In a statement, the council said the primary and secondary school children will have "separate areas of learning, separate access to their schools, canteen etc", but will both benefit from the concert hall and large sports hall.

Councillor Eudine Hanagan said the council's plan is to provide "excellent facilities that integrate nursery, primary and secondary education provision under one roof".

"This allows a process where the children progress from nursery right through to the end of their A-levels in the same campus, allowing them a seamless transition period, and ultimately a first-class education," she said.

Meanwhile, it is proposed a new £50m Aberdare school and sports centre development in 2014 would replace the existing Aberdare High, Aberdare Girls schools and Blaengwawr Comprehensive.

A report to councillors said the current situation, with 1,000 empty school places in the area, was "no longer tenable".

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