Latest on 21st Century School Modernisation Programme in Bridgend

Plans for Mynydd Cynffig Primary School

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet were presented with the outcome of the public statutory notice in relation to the expansion and modernisation of Mynydd Cynffig Primary School.

Under the proposal, the existing split-site arrangement would end and the infant department would relocate to a new-build primary school on the existing Mynydd Cynffig Primary School junior site at Pwllygath Street, Kenfig Hill, with effect from September 2025.

The Council concluded that the proposal would have a positive impact on education provision and standards as well as delivering sufficient accommodation that meets the needs of staff and learners at Mynydd Cynffig Primary School.

The new building and external areas would be designed to meet the needs of learners and would also provide access to extra-curricular activities.

The proposal would ensure the Council is able to meet its statutory duty to provide sufficient school places that meets the needs of the learners.

The proposed new school will be built on the existing junior school site and the adjacent Bridgend County Borough Council owned sites currently occupied by the Air Training Corps and Pwllygath Allotments Association.

A replacement site for the allotments has been identified which will be next to the proposed new school site. There will be the same number of plots as the existing site and Bridgend County Borough Council will provide the association with regular updates to allow them to plan accordingly.

Plans for Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr

Cabinet also heard the outcome of a consultation about the proposed relocation of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr and gave approval to issue a statutory notice.

The proposal aims to relocate the school to a new 21st century school building which is fit-for-purpose on land off Ffordd Cadfan which is located just 0.2 miles from the existing school site in Brackla.

The new school would create additional opportunities for more learners to access a Welsh-medium education. The existing capacity of 378 would increase to 525 for learners aged between four and 11. There would also be 90 full-time-equivalent places for nursery aged pupils and an 8-place observation and assessment class.

It is anticipated that this proposal would significantly improve teaching and learning opportunities and it is likely that uptake of Welsh-medium education in the area will increase as a consequence of providing a 21st century school building.

This would support the local authority’s Welsh in Education Strategic Plan targets, promoting the Welsh language and increasing the number of nursery learners transitioning to a Welsh-medium primary education.

Both schools will bring many added benefits to the county borough as they will be net zero carbon and also have all weather sport pitches which can be used by the community.

Cllr Jon-Paul Blundell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are excited about Mynydd Cynffig Primary School being located on one site for the first time in the school’s history. There are several educational benefits which will materialise from all pupils and school staff being on one site.

“It’s also fantastic news that the proposed relocation of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr would increase the capacity of pupils by an extra 150. This shows the council’s commitment to the Welsh language as well as making sure pupils have access to the best facilities possible.”