Pontprennau to get new primary school by 2015 after 10-year wait

January 24, 2013 No Comments »

Pontprennau is to finally get its own primary school – more than a decade after it was first called for by local residents.

Cardiff council’s ruling Labour cabinet will today agree to consult on a proposal to establish an English-medium primary school in Pontprennau.

The new school is planned to open from September 2015 on land next to Pontprennau Community Centre on Heol Pontprennau.

If agreed, the 1.5 form primary school would have a maximum of 45 pupils per year group, plus a 32 full-time equivalent place nursery.

The cabinet will also consider proposals for a new one-form Welsh-medium primary school, with nursery, in the Grangetown area and a new nursery at Radyr Primary School.

Pontprennau’s Conservative ward councillor Dianne Rees said young families in Pontprennau had been “crying out” for a primary school since the turn of the century.

Last year, youngsters living in the catchment area attended 45 different primary schools across the capital.

Of these, 149 pupils attended schools in the Llanishen, Lisvane and Thornhill areas.

Coun Rees said: “It’s a glaring need and it has to be addressed.

“It has taken far too long for my mind, but it has now got to be a top priority.”

However, Coun Rees said she was disappointed a two-form school, with 60 places per year group, was not being proposed.

“Pontprennau is a nice area, but when people realise they cannot get their children into the school of their choice they do their best to move,” she said.

“It’s not a sustainable community when people have to go to Lisvane or even as far as Tongwynlais, across the other side of the city, to take their children to primary school.”

Plans for the new primary schools were included in the council’s 21st Century Schools Capital Programme bid submitted to the Welsh Government in late 2011.

Councillor Julia Magill, cabinet member for education, said: “These proposals have been developed to ensure schools are in the right places in the city and are able to meet the local demand.”

The proposal to increase capacity in the Welsh-medium sector in and around Grangetown focuses on extending the temporary enlargement of Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch to allow up to 90 children to be admitted at Reception beyond August 2014.

Discussions over potential sites for a new school in the area are ongoing.

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