SCHOOLS across Torfaen have building maintenance backlogs that together are estimated to total around £14.4 million, according to the latest figures - though the biggest single bill is set to disappear .

Of the 32 council-run schools in the county borough, just three primary schools have no maintenance backlog. They are Blenheim Road Primary, Llantarnam Primary and Ysgol Panteg.

The remaining 23 primary schools have a maintenance backlog totalling £6.5 million, which averages out as £282,600 per school.

Torfaen’s six secondary schools have a maintenance backlog of £7.9 million, which is an average of £1.3 million per school.


Of all the schools with a maintenance backlog, Croesyceiliog has the largest with £2.4 million - although now the replacement school has opened, this will disappear from future figures. Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary has the smallest backlog, with £9,100.

Penygarn Primary was the only school where the current maintenance backlog was unknown.

Torfaen County Borough Council said that the costs are generally due to the age of the schools.

The 21st Century schools programme will hopefully tackle the backlog when buildings are refurbished or replaced under the Welsh Government-backed programme.

The council said that most of the costs relate to small maintenance works such as redecoration or refurbishing toilet blocks.

However, some sites do require major work, such as a boiler replacement, complete rewiring, or a flat roof replacement.

Primary school backlog:

Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary - £9,100

Blenheim Road Primary - £0

Coed Eva Primary - £234,420

Croesyceiliog Primary - £827,810

Cwmffrwdoer Primary - £137,170

Garnteg Primary - £171,520

George Street Primary - £129,170

Greenmeadow Primary - £173,570

Griffithstown Primary - £172,855

Henllys C-in-W Primary - £226,363

Llantarnam Primary - £0

Llanyrafon Primary - £201,150

Maendy Primary - £523,105

Nant Celyn Primary - £16,955

New Inn Primary - £679,590

Our Lady of the Angels RC Primary - £372,105

Padre Pio RC Primary - £6,964

Penygarn Primary - To be confirmed

Ponthir C in W Primary - £259,420

Pontnewydd Primary - £640,460

St.David’s RC Primary - £595,820

Victoria Primary - £254,406

Woodlands C Primary - £312,777

Ysgol Bryn Onnen - £264,405

Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran - £314,550

Ysgol Panteg - £0

Secondary school backlog:

Abersychan - £944,000

Croesyceiliog - £2,364,500 (replacement school means this figure will be removed)

St. Alban’s RC - £1,350,000

West Monmouth - £1,711,500

Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw - £370,000

Cwmbran High - £1,126,500