Aberavon AM David Rees Praises Investment in Education in Port Talbot

David Rees, Assembly Member for Aberavon, has today welcomed the news that the new Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, has approved the business case for a new school development in Margam, Port Talbot. This news comes following confirmation that the Local Authority has also secured funding from the Welsh Government for a new Welsh Medium comprehensive school in Sandfields, Port Talbot.

The new school will be built under the 21st Century Schools programme, providing a state of the art 3-16 new build on the current Dyffryn School / Groes Primary school site. Dyffryn School currently resides over a split site school, and this development will allow all pupils from years 7-11 to be educated on the same site.

This news will be welcomed by parents and pupils alike and will ensure that they are able to benefit from the fantastic state of the art schools built under the 21st Century Schools programme.

David said: “Children who will attend Dyffryn will be able to benefit from state of the art classrooms and teaching facilities as a result of this scheme. This news is extremely welcome as I know that Dyffryn has been looking for investment for many years so it can transfer its lower school onto one site. Following the announcement earlier this week regarding the new Welsh medium school in Sandfields, this is an exciting time for both English and Welsh medium education provision within Port Talbot.  We must congratulate Neath Port Talbot CBC on securing this much needed funding to provide 21st century education facilities for our children.”

He added: “It is important to recognise that there are still a number of important procedures which need to take place prior to any development work starting and planning approval has yet to be secured. However, this is a fantastic time for education in Port Talbot.”