Posted: Tue 23rd Feb 2016

Design work gets under way for multi-million pound school improvements

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Feb 23rd, 2016

Design work is under way for the multi-million pound improvement of another city comprehensive. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea Council has announced that developers Morgan Sindall have been appointed to help design, develop and scope the refurbishment, remodelling and extension of Pentrehafod Comprehensive School. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The aim of the scheme is to provide classrooms fit for 21st Century learning to further support existing work at the school to enable pupils to reach their full potential. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The provisional budget is in the region of £12 million but the scheme would be subject to future planning approval and the Welsh Government agreeing to part-fund the project. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Jen Raynor, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Pentrehafod Comprehensive is an improving school where the hard work of staff alongside support and challenge from the Council has resulted in better education and better pupil attainment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Those improvements have been recognised by Estyn and most recently in the schools categorisation where it was placed in one of the top categories. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We need to support that hard work by removing barriers to future success and one of the ways we can do this is to make sure they have facilities fit for purpose which can equip and inspire teachers and youngsters.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Once design and scope is complete on the new school a planning application will be submitted. Swansea Council will aim to put a full business case forward to the Welsh Government this summer. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The improvements would be rolled out across the existing site to update and improve teaching facilities and layout as well as replace demountable classrooms which are difficult to maintain and no longer fit for purpose. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The scheme, which would take place in phases on site over two years, would also include a programme of community benefits such as training and employment opportunities for local people. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Pentrehafod project will be the latest project within Swansea Council’s QEd programme to improve school environments to drive up standards and outcomes. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The QEd programme has already seen building replacements and upgrades at Morriston Comprehensive, new schools opened for Burlais and Gowerton Primary and new classrooms at Newton and Glyncollen. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Pupils at Lôn Las Primary have moved into a temporary school ahead of their multi-million rebuild too. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

All projects have been jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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