A school for pupils with special educational needs is to have around £900,000 spent on it for improvements.
Trinity Fields School, in Ystrad Mynach, is set to benefit because of an underspend in the first phase of the £56.5 million 21st Century Schools improvement programme, which is jointly funded by the council and the Welsh Government.
Improvements will include a new ball pit area, a new home living environment to boost the independent living skills of pupils, and upgrade bathrooms and kitchen. Ventilation in the school will also be enhanced, IT facilities upgraded and storage space increased. The school’s hydrotherapy pool, which is used for physiotherapy, and its outdoor learning area, will also have a makeover.
Cllr Philippa Marsden, Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement said: “The investment will complement the capital investment that has already taken place to provide two additional classrooms and will create further enrichment opportunities for students, as well as better accessibility for students with mobility issues and promote the development of greater independence skills.”
Welsh Government’s Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams said: “A key element of the 21st Century Schools and Education programme is to invest in projects that make schools well-designed, safe and energy efficient, ensuring that they are able to meet the needs of learners, teachers and the wider community.
“Accessibility is at the heart of the new facilities proposed for Trinity Fields School. The work, once completed, will make the school more accessible for everyone, and will provide every pupil with the opportunity to learn in a safe and modern environment which is truly befitting of the 21st Century.”