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Pupils take part in ground breaking ceremony

Published: 01/05/2018

Pupils at Ysgol Penyffordd were excited to be part of the official turf-cutting ceremony which took place recently at the site of their new school. Flintshire County Council appointed local firm Wynne Construction, based at Bodelwyddan, to build this new multi-million pound 21st Century primary school facility. The scheme is funded by both Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council as part of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education Programme. It will amalgamate the all-through 3-11 English medium community primary school on the Abbotts Lane site, together with the demolition of the existing infants school and the construction of improved and increased staff and visitor car parking with the dedicated drop off zone for parents and carers. The new purpose built school will include classrooms to accommodate nursery, foundation phase and key stage 1 and 2 for 315 pupils as well as a hall and studio. It will retain the existing sports grassed area. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Youth, Councillor Ian Roberts, said: “This is another milestone in the provision of the 21st Century Schools programme in Flintshire. This investment of almost £7 million will provide a wonderful modern facility for children, young people and the wider community and will provide a new inspirational learning experience for primary school children.” Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said: “It’s great to see that work is now beginning on the new Ysgol Penyffordd. The new school will provide excellent facilities for staff, pupils and the wider community. It’s one of the latest projects to start as part of our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme and I look forward to seeing the work progress.” Chris Wynne, Managing Director of Wynne Construction said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the contractor for this exciting new project with Flintshire County Council. Now that the pupils have helped us start the project, we look forward to arranging site visits during construction, for them to see from inside how their new school is growing. We’ll also be providing employment and training for local people, to make sure that the benefits from this big investment are spread as widely as possible.” This project follows the successful completion of Holywell Learning Campus and Deeside 6th Form College and the current modernisation improvements taking place at Connah’s Quay High School and is due to be completed during the summer of 2019. Pictured: school children Henry, Katie, Jayden and Isabella prepare to cut the turf with Flintshire County Council members including Cabinet Member for Youth and Education, Cllr Ian Roberts and Council Leader, Cllr Aaron Shotton, the Wynne Construction team, the head teacher and school governors.