The £40m Ysgol Bae Baglan project has been completed and the super school will cater for 1,500 pupils
The campus integrates four former primary and secondary schools
17th August 2016
A £40m new super school in Port Talbot has been completed. Ysgol Bae Baglan project has been handed over to Neath Port Talbot Council by contractors Bouygues UK.
Opening next month for 1,500 pupils it replaces four schools; Cwrt Sart Community School, Glan Afan and Sandfields Comprehensive schools and Traethmelyn Primary.
With funding from the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools and Education Programme and Neath Port Talbot Council, it represents the biggest single investment in school infrastructure in the history of the county borough.
Mike Tate new head teacher at Ysgol Bae Baglan with The Ali Thomas, leader of Neath Port Talbot Council and Mike Baynham, Project Leader Bouygues UK delivered on time and to budget, the build was managed by the in-house project management team of Neath Port Talbot Council's property and regeneration section.
The council worked closely with Bouygues UK throughout the construction phase to engage local businesses in the opportunities afforded by such a major project.
Contracts totalling over £15m were awarded to local businesses based in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Bay area.
What the school will offer pupils and parents:
In the classroom pupils will access tablets, PC's and Macs to use digital notebook software and storytelling apps to create interactive reports. Biometric processes will be used to support cashless catering, library software, and registration systems.
Outdoor facilities at the school include playground areas, grassed and all-weather synthetic pitches and an athletics track.
Parents can keep up to date through the school website and social media, and via email and mobile messaging, while the traditional paper student planner will be replaced by an online app.
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The new 1,500 place campus integrates primary and secondary phase education from 3-16 years in an 'all through' approach. It replaces four existing schools: Cwrt Sart Community School, Glan Afan and Sandfields Comprehensive schools and Traethmelyn Primary.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council Ali Thomas said: "This fantastic new school facility is one we can all be immensely proud of and I would like to commend the efforts of all those involved in its construction.
"The council is committed to both providing the best possible educational opportunities for our young people and to maximising the benefits to the local area of major investment projects. With the support of our partners, Ysgol Bae Baglan has delivered on both fronts."
Handover of the keys to the new Ysgol Bae Baglan School in Baglan