'Top class GCSE results show Briton Ferry school should remain open'
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to keep their school open claim its outstanding GCSE results this year show why it should not be closed.
They say Cwrt Sart Comprehensive School in Briton Ferry is already renowned for its high performance. But now it has recorded one of the biggest jumps in standards anywhere in Wales.
Now they have accused Neath Port Talbot Council of trying to ditch one of the most successful schools in Wales.
The authority is proposing to close Cwrt Sart along with Glan Afan and Sandfields comprehensives in Port Talbot, and replace them with a £40 million super-school in the Baglan area.
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Also included in the plans is the creation of a new primary school at the Cwrt Sart site which would replace three existing primary schools in the town.
But the proposals are being fiercely contested by the Save Our Community School (Socs) campaign.
Teifion Rees, who chairs the school governors and Socs, said: “Cwrt Sart has recorded what must be the biggest jump in standards in Wales this year.
“Firstly our school has again achieved outstanding results this year. As well as this, its outstanding progress can also be seen when performance is considered within the Welsh Government’s ‘families of schools’ arrangement.”
These school groups are grouped together on the basis of profile and intake. Mr Rees said Cwrt Sart came out on top of its “family” and in some key areas exceeded all-Wales averages.
“We firmly believe our school should remain open and play a positive role in local education restructuring,” said Mr Rees.
Council education director Karl Napieralla said: “We too are delighted with the success of the school and believe it strengthens the authority’s case for bringing three very good schools together.
“Consultation is planned towards the end of the autumn term.”