South West Wales

£40m Baglan 'super school' plan passed by minister

Cwrt Sart secondary school
Image caption Pupils at Cwrt Sart and two other secondary schools would move to the proposed 'super school'

Plans for a £40m super school in Neath Port Talbot - for pupils aged three to 18 - have been by passed by education minister Huw Lewis.

The school is set to open in 2016, and will replace Cwrt Sart, Glanafan and Sandfields Comprehensive schools and incorporate Traethmelyn Primary School.

Some parents are opposed to the new school in Baglan which will cater for 1,500 secondary and primary pupils.

It is part of the local authority's £93m schools reorganisation programme.

The new school will be built on council-owned playing fields at Western Avenue, Baglan Moor.

'Modern facilities'

All three comprehensive schools it will replace have a "significant" number of surplus places, the council has previously said.

The new school would fall within the Welsh government's 10% target of surplus places.

Some parents and pupils from Cwrt Sart Community Comprehensive opposed the plans claiming its closure would have a negative impact on the attainment of pupils from Briton Ferry and Melincryddan.

A petition with 6,034 names was submitted to the Welsh Government.

Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas welcomed Mr Lewis' decision.

"For all concerned, this announcement brings to an end a long period of uncertainty over the future arrangements for education in the area," he said.

"It paves the way for work on finalising the design of the new school and, most importantly, on the smooth transition of pupils in September 2016."

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