Building work underway on new school for Caerphilly


Work has recently begun to construct a brand new replacement primary school on the site of Cwm Ifor Primary School in Penyrheol, Caerphilly.

Plaid councillor,Phil Bevan, Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, and other dignitaries visited to the site to see the works taking shape.

Councillor Bevan was joined by pupils from Cwm Ifor Primary School, the main contractor Kier Western and the Education Minister.

Councillor Bevan said, “This brand new school building will provide a wonderful learning environment for our youngsters. This project forms part of Plaid-led Caerphilly’s wider commitment to providing first class educational facilities for generations to come. I look forward to seeing this project progress over the coming months”.

The new school will be innovative and learner orientated in design, with a greater emphasis on informal learning areas.

Kier Western Finance Director, Nick Jones, said: “We are delighted to be building the new Cwm Ifor school and to join the school, the council and Education Minister to celebrate the start of this exciting new project. It was wonderful to see some of the future pupils here too and we are looking forward to working closely with the school as the structure goes up - the end result will be a building which we believe will transform their learning experience.”

This £6million project will come to fruition thanks to grant funding from the Welsh Government totalling £4.04million, with the remaining funding coming from the council

The current Cwm Ifor school was built in the 1950’s and is a sprawling site with an end-to-end distance of 226.5 metres. The brand new Cwm Ifor looks set for completion ready for pupils to move into at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year.