Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Islwyn High School Takes Shape /
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

Work at Islwyn High School is progressing well, with only a year to go until the new school opens its doors to pupils and staff. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The school, being constructed on the site of the former Oakdale Colliery, will house pupils from the existing Pontllanfraith and Oakdale Comprehensive Schools. The impressive 3 storey building will deliver modern teaching spaces alongside state of the art technology workshops, science labs and IT suites. The grounds of the site will a include 3G pitch, 200 metre athletics track and multi-use games area as well as outdoor learning spaces and a small amphitheatre. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Construction of the school is being undertaken by Willmott Dixon. The main shell of the school is already in place and work is now starting on installing windows and internal plasterboard. Over recent weeks a large array of photovoltaic solar panels have been installed to the roof. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

On 15, 16 and 17 June members of the public will have a chance to take a tour of the site and meet the team working on the project. Numbers are limited and booking is essential, this can be done by visiting ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr. Derek Havard, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “The progress at Islwyn High School is fantastic. It is incredible to see a previously disused piece of land being transformed into a state of the art educational campus. The building is taking shape and it isn’t difficult to picture the completed development. Providing first class facilities to pupils across the county borough is incredibly important and I am pleased that Caerphilly council, in partnership with Welsh Government, is delivering such an impressive project that will benefit over 1,000 secondary school pupils.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Islwyn High School is a 21st Century Schools project, match funded by the Welsh Government. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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