Consultation planned on proposals for £25m new state-of-the-art school

Bridgend County Borough Council is to ask for views on plans that could provide Heronsbridge School with all-new premises as part of a potential £25m investment into special needs education for children and young people.

Faced with ageing premises at the existing site on Ewenny Road and increasing demand for extra spaces, the council is developing proposals that could see the school relocate to an all-new purpose-built facility in the Island Farm area capable of accommodating 300 pupils.

Cllr Charles Smith said: “Heronsbridge School already has a fantastic reputation for supporting children and young people with special needs, and its teachers and staff provide a first-rate service.

“Unfortunately, the current building is ageing, has developed has a sizeable backlog of maintenance and repairs, and is no longer large enough to meet levels of demand.

“In terms of available space, the operating capacity for the current Heronsbridge School is supposed to be 180 places, but in reality, the school is already providing important services for 236 pupils.

“If we want to maintain its high standards of quality and ensure that Heronsbridge can remain effective, we must look at replacing and modernising the school entirely, and public consultation is currently being organised that will seek views on these proposals.”