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Port Talbot school fights against closure

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A Port Talbot comprehensive school is fighting proposed closure plans.

Port Talbot Council says it wants to move Cymer Afan Comprehensive School pupils to a £30m new build, Ysgol Newydd Margam, which is currently under construction.

This site is 14 miles away from Cymer Afan Comprehensive School Credit: ITV

Cymer Afan is located at the top of the Afan Valley and the school says infrastructure and transport links there are quite poor.

The school says education is the biggest employer in the valley and there would be serious economic and social implications if this proposal were to be approved by the council.

There are just over 200 pupils at the school, which means it is half empty.

Pupil Millie Rogers says she feels sad because she has been wanting to go to Cymer Afan School "all her life".

Millie Rogers is a pupil at Cymer Afan School Credit: ITV

We know that this proposal would be a significant change to secondary education provision in the Afan Valley. It is about giving children in the Afan Valley access to 21st century education experience and an innovative and stimulating learning environment, the benefits of which are evidenced elsewhere.

The council is committed to listening carefully to people’s views and we will fully engage with the community before any final decisions are made.

– Leader of Port Talbot Council, Councillor Rob Jones

One of this council’s key commitments is giving all of our children the best start in life and helping them be the best they can be.

This proposal would provide the pupils in the Afan Valley with a wider range of teaching and learning facilities which will have a positive impact on pupil wellbeing and attainment. It will ensure that pupils have greater choices and opportunities because of the better facilities available to them.

– Councillor Peter Rees, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture

The consultation will begin next month.