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Pupils on song as £2.7m school revamp opens

Pupils at a school in Swansea took centre stage at a ceremony to mark the completion of a £2.7 million upgrading of facilities.

Pentre’r Graig relaunch

The youngsters at Pentre'r Graig Primary School in Morriston also explained the details behind artwork that they helped produce for the occasion and guests were treated to two songs.

The school was created in September 2011 following the amalgamation of Pentrepoeth Infant School, Pentrepoeth Junior School and Graig Infant School.

It has now undergone extensive remodelling under Swansea Council's 21st Century Schools Programme which has been jointly funded by the Welsh Government.

Senior councillors and officers attended an official opening at the school today and the unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion.

They also toured the completed project that has involved changing the layout and use of classrooms to create modern and flexible learning spaces. There has also been a small scale extension to link the existing buildings.

In addition the work has addressed priority areas of backlog maintenance and an aging and failing demountable building has been removed allowing better use of the area for play facilities.

The project has been delivered by Swansea Council's Corporate Property and Building Services.

It helped 16 work experience candidates clock-up more than 94 weeks of on-site practical experience and apprentices have spent more than 826 working days developing their skills.

Work was carried out around the day-to-day running of the school and Andrea Lewis, Cabinet member for Next Generation Services, of which Corporate Building and Property Services is now part, said it had been a real team effort.

Cllr Lewis added: "A fundamental key to the success of this project has been the close working relationship between the school's headteacher Julie Tucker and the staff and the team that has completed the work.

"Mrs Tucker is retiring shortly and has been an excellent leader of the school. I know she is proud to be leaving with Pentre'r Graig so well placed to go forward in the future. This investment will benefit pupils for many years to come."

The 21st Century Schools Programme has seen more than £100m invested in new school infrastructure in Swansea during recent years. Contractors recently moved on site at Pentrehafod Comprehensive which is undergoing a £15.1m refurbishment.


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