Coety Primary School expansion plans move closer

The proposed expansion to Bridgend’s Coety Primary School has progressed to the next stage after the council’s Cabinet agreed to move ahead as planned after being presented with the results of a recent public consultation.

This would result in Coety Primary School’s capacity increasing from 420 to 525 places for pupils aged four to eleven years.

In order to address the demand for places, an options appraisal was launched, which identified the need to increase provision at the school. This resulted in a preferred option being identified in the form of a two-storey, four-classroom extension.

The proposed work includes:

  • Increased provision for pupils by constructing a four-classroom extension
  • More facilities including toilets, cloakrooms and storage space
  • An extended playground to provide additional space for the increased number of pupils
  • The additional playground space that can be created will be able to accommodate a new basketball/ netball court which will be closer to regulation size than the current court.

There will also be an opportunity to increase nursery provision by an additional 12 full-time-equivalent places. This means there will be 75 full-time places for pupils aged 3-4 years and a further 9 part-time places to bring the total number to 84.

A public statutory notice will now be published, if no objections are received Cabinet are currently scheduled to decide whether to implement the changes or not in in July 2023.

Alongside this proposed expansion, the council are also proposing a major expansion and relocation of Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bro Ogwr to a brand new site to ensure learners benefit from the choice of high-quality Welsh- and English-medium education.

 

Cllr Jon-Paul Blundell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “These plans are the next steps towards helping to make sure that more children can attend their local school.

“It’s crucial that we are reactive to the fact that there is growing demand for children who want to attend Coety Primary School following the growth of the area.

“I am also really pleased to see that the amount of nursery places has been increased. This will help to strengthen transition links which will inevitably benefit pupils, parents/carers and the school as a whole.”

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