Ysgol Carreg Emlyn – Update.

Here are some progress photos for from our latest visit to the new Ysgol Carreg Emlyn site. The structure of the building is now starting to take shape!

This project is being funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government as part of its 21st Century Schools and Education programme.

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New name revealed for Rhyl faith school as work starts on site

Work has started on a new £23million Catholic school in Rhyl.

The Bishop of Wrexham, Rt Rev’d Peter M. Brignall, invited guests to a turf cutting ceremony on Friday at the site of the development which will replace Ysgol Mair primary school and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School.

It will be called Christ the Word Catholic School, funded in partnership by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools Programme.

The site is next door to both schools and enabling works have already taken place with full works now underway.Kier Construction has been appointed by the Council as the main contractor for the new school which will be delivered for the Diocese of Wrexham.

The new building is set to open in autumn 2019, with the demolition of the existing school buildings and the remaining external works to the sports/play areas starting once the school building is finished with completion set for summer 2020. The new school will be for 420 full time pupils aged 3-11 and 500 pupils aged 11-16.

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Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, cabinet lead member for Education, said: “I am delighted work is progressing on this exciting project and we look forward to working collaboratively with Kier Construction and the Diocese of Wrexham. “Both Denbighshire and the Welsh Government are continuing to invest in delivering first-class learning environments for the children and young people of Denbighshire.“The capital programme has seen huge investment which will enable a better education environment for our children, a priority for us under our Corporate Plan.”

Both the Diocese of Wrexham and Denbighshire County Council are working closely with Ysgol Mair and Blessed Edward Jones to reduce disruption to pupils during the construction. Bishop Brignall said: “This will be a vanguard school for the Catholic Church and for the county of Denbighshire. I’m delighted to be part of the project and to have taken part in the turf cutting ceremony at this momentous new beginning.“This is a great partnership between the Welsh Government, Denbighshire County Council and the Diocese of Wrexham working together to achieve the best for the children.“I am looking forward to when the school is open. It will provide not only education, but those other opportunities that a school in the 21st Century and the Church seek to provide, and be part of the whole community.”

Bob Adams, operations director at Kier, said: “We are delighted to have commenced work on this new educational facility for Denbighshire County Council.“We’ll be working with the local supply chain to construct the new building, which will provide top quality facilities to help the students reach their full potential. We will also engage with the local community to maximise opportunities for employment and skills development.”

Special milestone for Ysgol Llanfair DC

A turf cutting ceremony has marked the first stage of the building of a brand new replacement school for Ysgol Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd.

The new bilingual church school will be built on land opposite Bryn y Clwyd, Llanfair using funding from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools and Education programme, in partnership with investment from Denbighshire County Council.

The project forms part of more than £90million of investment in Denbighshire’s schools within the wider 21st Century Schools programme funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government.

Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction is the main contractor appointed to carry out the works.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Cabinet Lead Member for Education, Children, Young People and the Welsh Language, said: “This is an extremely momentous day in the history of Ysgol Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd.

“We have recognised that the current facilities are dated and are in desperate need of modernisation. There has also been concerns about the lack of car parking, staff areas, public areas and accessibility to the school, which is located on the busy A525 in the centre of the village. That is why the Council, working in partnership with Welsh Government, has invested significantly in this project and we are delighted to see work get underway.

“This heralds a new era for generation of pupils at Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd and we look forward to seeing first class facilities being developed on the site over the coming months”.

Rosalind Williams, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning for the Diocese of St Asaph said: “We are delighted that the new Church School in Ysgol Llanfair DC has reached the next crucial milestone within the project. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Denbighshire County Council and Wynne Construction to provide a new bilingual church school in the Ruthin area.”

Work underway at new site for Ysgol Carreg Emlyn

 

Work has started on a new primary school thanks to the help of pupils.

Denbighshire County Council held a turf cutting ceremony in Clocaenog for a new single site school for Ysgol Carreg Emlyn, which is currently located on two sites at Clocaenog and Cyffylliog.

The project forms part of more than £90million of investment in Denbighshire’s schools within the wider 21st Century Schools programme funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government.

Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction is the main contractor appointed to carry out the works.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, the Council’s lead member for Education, Children and Young People and the Welsh Language, said: “Work starting on the new school is tremendous news for pupils at Ysgol Carreg Emlyn and for future generations living in Clocaenog, Cyffylliog and the surrounding areas.

“It was great to see pupils, teachers and community leaders join together for the turf cutting at the new school site.

“We recognise this has been a long time coming but we are delivering on our promise to press ahead with these ambitious plans.

“Making Denbighshire a place where younger people want to live and making sure they have the skills to do so is a priority in our Corporate Plan and this new school helps us achieve that.”

Other projects funded under the 21st Century Schools programme include a new building for Rhyl High School and Ysgol Tir Morfa, significant improvement works at Bodnant Community School, Prestatyn and Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph as well as a new school building at Glasdir, Ruthin for Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street School.

Chris Wynne, managing director at Wynne Construction, said: “We’re delighted to be, once again, working with Denbighshire County Council and in the village of Clocaenog for this project.  Now the pupils have helped us start the work, we will look forward to arranging site visits during construction, so they will be able to see how their new school is progressing.

“We will continue to provide employment and training for local people, securing existing jobs through our locally-based supply chain, and to make sure that the benefits from this investment are spread as widely as possible.”

Construction work due to begin

Enabling works have been completed by Kier Construction at the site of the new 3-16 Catholic school in Rhyl paving the way for the main build work to start in June. Pictures below show the progress on site and the hoardings that have been erected between Ysgol Mair and Blessed Edward Jones.

Both the Diocese of Wrexham and Denbighshire County Council will work closely with both schools in order to manage this phase of the project in order to reduce the disruption to pupils as much as practically possible.

Pupils at Ysgol Mair have already welcomed Project Manager Martin Walsh from Kier Construction together with Kieran, the company’s Health and Safety mascot to discuss health and safety on a construction site.

Pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 listened to a presentation from Martin who highlighted different aspects of safety on a live building site. Pupils were also given the opportunity to ask Kieran and Martin any questions about the project.

The new 3-16 school, for the Diocese of Wrexham, will replace Ysgol Mair/ St. Mary’s primary Catholic school and Blessed Edward Jones Catholic high school. The new school would be an English medium school for 420 full time pupils aged 3-11 years old and 500 pupils aged 11-16.

The project will be funded in partnership by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government, through its 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme.

Significant milestone in development of new school

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Exciting plans to build a brand new primary school in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd have taken a significant step forward – with the completion of the land purchase for the development of the new school.

The current school site is located on Wrexham Road in Llanfair DC.  The new school will be located close on a larger site in Bron y Clwyd.  Now the sale has been signed and sealed, it means construction work on building the new school will commence later on this summer.

This project is being funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme. Wynne Construction are the main contractors appointed to carry out the works.

Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Lead Member for Education, Children and Young People said “I am delighted that work is progressing to build a new school for Ysgol Llanfair DC. Both Denbighshire and the Welsh Government continue to invest in delivering first-class learning environments.

“The authority is committed to providing our children and young people with modern, state of the art facilities which, in turn, will help them to realise their full potential.

“The building of new facilities for Ysgol Llanfair DC will provide an opportunity to work with the local supply chain, boosting the local economy.”

Rosalind Williams, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning for the Diocese of St Asaph said: “We are delighted that the new Church School in Ysgol Llanfair DC has reached the next crucial milestone within the project. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Denbighshire County Council to improve bilingual provision in the Ruthin area.”

Headteacher Llinos Hughes said: “This is a momentous day for Ysgol Llanfair DC and we are delighted to share this news with the pupils, parents and the wider community.”

“We are looking forward to working with Denbighshire and Wynne Construction in the coming months as the project progresses”.

Final countdown to opening of new Ruthin school

Final preparations are being made ahead of the opening of a new school in Ruthin.

The £11.2million school building at Glasdir will open on Tuesday, April 10 when the 428 pupils from Ysgol Pen Barras and Rhos Street School will move to the new site. 

Council officers have been working closely with the two schools to plan for the opening day and a further newsletter will be sent to parents, while staff will be on hand on the opening day to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The project is funded by Denbighshire County Council, through its 21st Century Schools programme, and the Welsh Government with Wynne Construction the main contractor for the building work.

The new build comes under the Council’s modernising education programme and is part of the authority’s corporate priority to create communities where young people choose to live, work and learn.

Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, cabinet lead member for Education, Children, Young People and the Welsh Language, said: “The final preparations are now being made at the new school and teachers and students are looking forward to their first day in their brand-new school.

“This school marks a significant investment in education in the Ruthin area.  It will benefit students for many years to come and it is fantastic to see these plans come to fruition.

“This project will help us achieve our corporate priority to ensure young people are being supported to achieve their potential and have modern school facilities that further enhance their learning.

“I’d like to thank Wynne Construction and the sub-contractors involved for their excellent work in progressing this project.”

The Council’s modernising education programme has already seen more than £56million of investment in schools in the county including a new building for Rhyl High and Ysgol Tir Morfa as well significant improvement works at Bodnant Community School, Prestatyn and Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph with a number of projects still in the pipeline.