Steel Frames going up at two Major School Development Sites in Neath Port Talbot

21 July 2017

This month heralds another momentous event for the county borough with the steel frames delivered and constructed on the sites for two new schools.

During a site visit by Councillors and Officers of Neath Port Talbot Council and construction ambassadors from Dyffryn School, contractor Bouygues UK provided an update on the construction progress of Ysgol Newydd Margam and Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur in Sandfields. This represents a further significant milestone in the Council’s Strategic School Improvement Programme which aims to raise school standards by enhancing the quality of the teaching and learning environment. Over the coming weeks, the two new school buildings will quickly take shape and people will soon be able to see how the new structures will look.

Ysgol Newydd Margam, a new £30m all-through school for pupils aged 3 to16, will replace Dyffryn School and Groes Primary School. The new school is being built on the current Dyffryn Upper School/Groes Primary site.
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur, a new Welsh medium school for pupils aged 11 to16 is being built on the site of the former Sandfields Comprehensive and Traethmelyn Primary Schools. The £19.3m investment will provide Welsh medium secondary education in the south of the county borough.

The new Welsh medium school together with the redevelopment of the existing Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera site will form a key part of the Council’s plans to strengthen the provision of Welsh medium education across the county borough.
Councillor Rob Jones, Leader of Neath Port Talbot and ward member for Margam said: “This event celebrates the realisation of the Council’s vision to give our children and young people the best possible start in life and helping them be the best they can be.

“Through our Strategic Schools Improvement Programme, and working in partnership with the Welsh Government, we are creating the best environment for teaching and learning to help us improve standards, making sure the right schools are in the right place, and they are fit for 21st Century learners”.

Councillor Rob Jones is also a member of the governing body for Dyffryn Comprehensive and of the new shadow governing body for Ysgol Newydd Margam.

Fabienne Viala, Chairman of Bouygues UK said: “Education is one of our core focus areas and we are pleased to be applying our significant sector expertise to bring these two new state-of-the-art schools to life. We have a strong track record of constructing new schools in Wales, including the recently completed Ysgol Bae Baglan in Port Talbot and the award-winning Penarth Learning Community in the Vale of Glamorgan. We are pleased to be working again with Neath Port Talbot Council on these important new facilities that will further contribute to improving the quality of teaching and learning for young people in this community.”

The projects are being funded by Neath Port Talbot Council and the Welsh Government, as part of its 21st Century Schools Programme.

(Photo attendees: Back row, left to right: Rachel Evans, Dyffryn Comprehensive, Kate Key – Acting Head of Groes Primary School, Shaun Clarke – new Head of Ysgol Newydd Margam, Nick Toulson – Community Engagement Officer, Bouygues UK, Justin Moore – Operational Director, Wales, Bouygues UK, Councillor Peter Rees – Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, Councillor Rob Jones – Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Councillor Anthony Taylor – Deputy Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Mike Baynham – Project Director of Bouygues UK, Matthew Evans, Dyffryn Comprehensive. Front row, left to right – Construction Ambassadors from Dyffryn School).