New Chapter for Betws Primary School
Betws Primary, a new multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art school opened its doors in January and pupils have settled into their new surroundings whilst looking forward to a broad range of improved opportunities and facilities.
Previously, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies and others visited the school to see first-hand the new building and also the pupils celebrating World Book Day.
Following the visit Mr Irranca-Davies said: “Thanks to the students, teaching and support staff for a great visit. This exciting new school is one of the five new builds within Bridgend County Borough during the last five years, all made possible thanks to Bridgend County Borough Council’s school modernisation programme which has been supported with millions of pounds worth of Welsh Government funding. I’m sure the pupils and staff will be very happy in their new upgraded modern school.”
Betws Head of School Mrs Liz Pearce said: “We’re excited about the chance to exploit the potential of our fantastic new outdoor spaces. We know we need to utilise the outdoors more to help develop independent learning skills, so we’re enthused by the wealth of opportunities provided by our new school which create an ideal environment to help our pupils strive for the stars. All of the facilities are a massive upgrade on the old building, so it feels like a real new chapter for us. As well as the improvements to the outdoor areas, the building itself is fully equipped to meet modern educational needs.”
Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration said: “We are extremely proud of the new Betws Primary School, which was designed by our own in-house Built Environment team and built by Andrew Scott Ltd. It’s an outstanding school fit for the 21st century. Whenever an ageing school is replaced by a brand new one it creates massive potential for developing exciting new opportunities. I was really impressed with the facilities when I visited the school just before Easter and it was lovely to see how well everyone has settled in. The school has a really nice open feel to it, with lots of spaces where pupils can learn outside of the classroom, including a selection of cosy reading areas. And of course, in the case of this development in Bettws, we’re building not just one new school, but two. While the Betws Primary pupils have already moved into their new school, their old building next door has been demolished to make way for a new Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwm Garw which is relocating from Pontycymer. Work on that new school is progressing well, and is due to open in January 2019. With both of these new schools being just up the road from Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen – which itself is less than five years old – we’re creating a formidable lasting legacy for both the Ogmore and Garw valleys.”
Also visiting the school on World Book Day: Councillor Charles Smith – Cabinet Member for Education & Regeneration, Councillor Huw David – Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor Dhanisha Patel – Cabinet Member for Wellbeing & Future Generations, Bettws Councillor Martyn Jones.
The all-new Betws Primary School was officially opened by First Minister Carwyn Jones on Friday 14th September 2018.
Photograph: Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Members of Bettws Primary School Council, First Minister Carwyn Jones, BCBC Leader Cllr Huw David, BCBC Cabinet Member Cllr Charles Smith, Mayor Cllr John McCarthy, Local Member Cllr Martyn Jones, Chris Elmore MP, Cabinet Members – Cllr Dhanisha Patel & Cllr Richard Young, the Chair of Garw Valley Community Council – Cllr Rod Shaw, the High Sherriff of Mid Glamorgan – Jon Wall and the Youth Mayor – Lewis Pilliner