There’s been lots of smiles and celebrations at Ysgol Penycae as the school marks the completion of a £2.6 million new build and revamp which means pupils and teachers are now all together under one roof for the first time.
The school now boasts 4 new classrooms, a new hall, better kitchen facilities and playground area.
Reed Construction completed all the works which came in on budget and on time.
“Real sense of community”
Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, said: “It was great to be at the school to see for myself what these improvements have meant to both pupils and teaching staff. There’s now a real sense of community and the future at this school is looking very bright. Our continued improvements to our schools is a sign of our commitment to improving the educational environment for children and staff. The Welsh Government continues to support us in this through its 21st Century Schools funding and I was pleased to see their representatives at the celebrations.”
“A great day for the school”
Chair of Governors, Cllr Joan Lowe, said: “This is a great day for the school and I was very proud to welcome everyone to the new facilities and to unveil the new plaque along with two of the school’s pupils. I’d like to thank everyone involved in ensuring these improvements happened and to making us all very proud of our school. Well done everyone and good luck to pupils and staff as this new chapter in the school’s history begins.”
Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams said: “Our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme is not only about new buildings; it is also about improving existing schools to create the best learning environments for our learners. I am thrilled to see the completion of this project, match funded with £1.3m from the Welsh Government, which has provided a new hall, improved kitchen, parking and playground space and a redesigned foundation phase area – excellent facilities that will be enjoyed for many years to come.”
“Social value objectives”
Kasia Pugh, Engagement Manager with Read Construction, said, “We’re delighted to have delivered this scheme, together with Wrexham Council and the North Wales Framework, providing a 21st Century learning environment for the pupils. Throughout the project we achieved a number of social value objectives, including maximising training and recruitment for local people, benefitting the local community.
Local Member, Cllr John Phillips, said, “The amalgamation of the two schools is beneficial for the whole area. A modern 21st century school well equipped and fit for purpose where the children will prosper and achieve to the best of their ability. The quality of the new extension is absolutely brilliant which blends in well with the original building, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment, which is very much appreciated.
The works were funded using 21st Century School funding from the Welsh Government which was match funded by Wrexham Council.
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