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Exciting makeover for school

School makeover: Work begins on Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth .

AN EXCITING development has just started on a Carmarthenshire school that will see some incredible new facilities available for its pupils to enjoy. The investment at Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth is being made through Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme and is in the region of £18.4m and follows the merger of the schools Maes yr yrfa and ysgol y gwendraeth.

The programme of work is being carried out, by developers Andrew Scott Ltd, in two phases. Phase 1 will see the development of a brand new 2 storey design and technology and science block that will be linked to the existing building. Added to this will be the building of a new sports hall that will house 4 badminton courts, changing rooms and an adjoining new classroom. Also during the first phase of the works, a new school entrance will be built along with new hard play areas, a new car park, bus parking facilities and games courts, and a brand new ‘Energy Centre’.

Phase 1 is scheduled for completion before the summer 2015 holidays making the new facilities available for the new term and school year in September.

After this phase 2 will start where there will be a refurbishment of the existing buildings and facilities and also a complete remodelling of the school’s playing fields.

Commenting on the development was Education Executive Board member, Cllr Keith Davies, who said: “This is what our Modernising Education Programme is all about, providing first-class accommodation and facilities for all our children in Carmarthenshire. It’s wonderful to visit the schools and see for ourselves what a difference the MEP and this investment is making, for pupils, staff, governors and the communities.”

Also adding praise to the works, Council leader Kevin Madge said: “We’re really pleased to see the start of work on this school which will accommodate 1,000 pupils and provide them and the staff with the top quality learning environment they all deserve. I was very impressed with the new sports hall which will provide first class facilities for pupils.”