A new state-of-the-art Rhondda school for pupils aged 3 to 16 has been officially named Ysgol Nantgwyn.

The education facility will be on the site of the current Tonypandy Community College from September 2018 and is being formed from five local schools.

The name ‘Ysgol Nantgwyn’ has been chosen from a number of names in recognition of the Nantgwyn Colliery which operated on the same site more than a century ago.

Headteacher Designate Kirsty Retallick said: “Ysgol Nantgwyn is one of twenty all – age schools across Wales, with an increasing number planned over the coming years.

“Our new school is not the creation of a large primary and secondary school on one site but the development of a truly inclusive 3-16 school community, creating a small school ethos by embracing the best of practice from across Wales, UK and the world.

“We are very excited about the launch of Ysgol Nantgwyn in September next year and feel the name not only honours the industrial heritage of the area but firmly establishes the school as a new education facility in the Rhondda.”

As part of the Naval Colliery Company, Nantgwyn was sunk in 1892 and at its peak employed 1,300 colliers. It ceased operation in 1945.

Ysgol Nantgwyn’s population will include pupils of 5 local schools, namely 1 Secondary, 3 Primary, 1 Junior and 1 Infant School.

Work has been taking place for more than a year to develop the new school site, which includes a multi-million pound creation of new buildings and redevelopment of existing facilities thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and 21st Century School investment.

The new school will benefit from:

  • A brand new primary building (separate to the secondary building)
  • State-of-the-art Science, Technology, Art and ICT rooms
  • Many refurbished classrooms and social spaces
  • Refurbishment of the current main hall and canteen facilitates
  • 2 Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA’s)
  • 1 full size flood lit, all-weather pitch
  • Improved entry and exit points at both entrance points

The new facility will also benefit from an onsite preschool provision via the Flying Start programme.

Ysgol Nantgwyn’s population will include pupils of 5 local schools, namely 1 Secondary, 3 Primary, 1 Junior and 1 Infant School.

Mrs Retallick added: “By working with parents, governors and the wider community in the mid Rhondda we can make sure each and every one of our pupils make strong progress to become successful, curious, happy and ambitious young adults.

“Through our new school curriculum, structure and the care, support and guidance we offer, our aim is to see all of our children become warm, friendly, courteous, confident, energetic, engaging and industrious.

“We are highly ambitious and we want the best for every child in our care.”

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