It is proposed that five new primary schools will be built, replacing the current buildings in:
Archdeacon Griffiths Church in Wales Aided School, Llyswen
Hay on Wye
Talgarth (the new school at a site in Talgarth would see the closure of Bronllys CP and Talgarth CP Schools – subject to Cabinet approval)
Community facilities would also be co-located within the new school buildings in Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye.
The project could see an investment of up to £23 million, jointly funded by Welsh Government and Powys County Council, with some Church in Wales funding.
4 out of the 5 New Primary Schools are Now Open
The first school, Archdeacon Griffiths CiW School, Llyswen, moved into their new premises in January. Ysgol y Mynydd Du, Llangors CiW Primary School and Hay-on-Wye Primary School moved into their new homes at the end of February. Last, but not least, Clyro CiW Primary School will move from their current temporary accommodation to the new school over the May half term.
All five schools have been designed to the same standardised approach, but each will have its own individual identity through the use of colours, furniture etc. The main feature of the design is a central ‘street’ area which will provide a flexible space that can be utilised in different ways – as informal learning areas, library or small group areas. Classrooms will run off this central street, each with their own facilities. Early years and foundation classrooms will have canopied areas for external use.
Ysgol y Mynydd Du and Hay-on-Wye CP School will also have community spaces and library provision, and all five schools will have integrated early years settings.
This has been a long and challenging project which started as a primary area review – this resulted in the rationalisation of schools in the catchment from 10 to 5. The culmination of this is the transformation of the learning environment in the Gwernyfed catchment area, providing fantastic facilities for teachers and pupils alike for many years to come.
Great progress has been made on the 5 new primary schools. The frames of 4 of the schools are up. Clyro pupils have now moved into temporary accommodation where they will remain until the new school is built. The old Clyro school building has been demolished and the building of the new school can now begin. All builds are on track to be complete and ready for the pupils to move into in 2018.