Cabinet approve Coety Primary School expansion plans

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet have approved plans to expand Coety Primary School following the outcome of a statutory notice.

This will result in the school’s capacity increasing from 420 to 525 places for pupils aged between 4 and 11-years-old.

An options appraisal previously identified the need to increase the number of places at the school and a two-storey, four-classroom extension was found to be the preferred option. All new classrooms will meet net zero carbon targets in both construction and operation.

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.

The existing yard will also be extended, and games courts will be painted on outdoor spaces. This will help to cater for the increase in pupils at the school.

In addition, the school’s facilities will provide an opportunity for Welsh language courses to be offered to parents/carers and will support the local authority’s Welsh in Education Strategic Plan which aims to increase the amount of Welsh language opportunities available.

Cllr Jon-Paul Blundell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The expansion of Coety Primary School is a really important project which helps to make sure that the school reflects the continued growth of the area while maximising the choice available for parents/carers and learners.

“The plans will ultimately mean that more learners will have the choice of attending their most local school and this can often have a big impact on an individual’s education.

“We are also proposing a major expansion and relocation of the nearby Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bro Ogwr to a brand-new site. This will make sure that learners continue to benefit from the choice of high-quality Welsh- and English-medium education.”

A planning application will now be submitted as the project enters its next phase.

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