Welsh School Building Top of the Class

School building in Wales, much of it driven by the 21st Century Schools Programme, is having a positive impact and showing the way for the UK.

Friday 2nd December 2016

School building in Wales, much of it driven by the 21st Century Schools Programme, is having a positive impact and showing the way for the UK. 

A new £5.1m primary school in Maesgeirchen will give children the best possible start in life according to First Minister of Wales. During his visit to the site of the new Ysgol Glancegin which is being built next to the existing school, Carwyn Jones met pupils who have been involved in the plans for the new school which is due to open in September 2017. Mr Jones stated:

“It’s been a pleasure to see this fantastic development which will be of real benefit for the pupils, teachers and parents. It’s good to see the results of investment in our schools on the ground. With the new school right next to the existing school the pupils can keep a close eye on developments, and it was pleasing to see that they have been involved in the design for the school. It’s not only the pupils and teachers who’ll benefit from this new development, but the wider community will too as this is a major construction scheme creating employment and providing opportunities for local suppliers.”

Jointly funded by Gwynedd Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, the development will ensure the best teaching environment, including an external teaching space. New play areas will also support children’s development across the curriculum.

Meanwwhile, funding for a new £37m school in Neath Port Talbot has been approved by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams. Ysgol Newydd Margam will accommodate 1,455 pupils aged three to 16 and replace Dyffryn Comprehensive and Groes Primary schools on the Dyffryn Upper School site.

Neath Port Talbot council has been given £19m of the total project cost of £37m.

Ms Williams said it would improve accessibility and regenerate the site.

The money has been allocated as part of the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools Programme, which aims to improve school facilities and resources.