A special milestone has been reached in the history of Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph with the official opening of the brand new school building by First Minister Carwyn Jones.
The First Minister visited the site today (Thursday) to see the results of the £16.7 million project, which was jointly funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme.
The first phase, which involves creating a brand new building opened to pupils in January 2017, with the refurbishment works to the former school buildings being complete by the end of 2017.
First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM said: “It’s great to be at Ysgol Glan Clwyd to officially open new facilities here. The excellent new resources will make a real difference to staff and pupils. I’m pleased to see the positive impact our 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme is making in communities across Wales and shows the importance of investing in our education infrastructure. This of course will continue with £2.3bn already announced for the next stage of the programme.
“I wish the pupils and staff at Ysgol Glan Clwyd every success in their new outstanding facilities.”
Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member for Children, Young People, Education and the Welsh Language, said: “Ysgol Glan Clwyd is down in the history books as being the first Welsh medium secondary school in the whole of Wales and over the years, the school has gone from strength to strength. Such is the success that demand far exceeded space in the former school and there was a desperate need for additional accommodation, to cope with that demand.
“Denbighshire has made a firm commitment in its corporate priorities to provide the best start for children and young people and the current pupils are receiving their education in modern, fit for purpose surroundings which are fit for the 21st Century and thousands of future generations of children from north Denbighshire and surrounding communities will benefit from an education in these great surroundings.
“The extension and refurbishment of Ysgol Glan Clwyd is one of our flagship projects and we are delighted that future generations of children in our communities will benefit from such great facilities”.
Headteacher Bethan Cartwright, said: “This is a momentous occasion for us at Ysgol Glan Clwyd and we are delighted with the results.
“The new extension has provided much needed educational space and there is such a modern feel to our new learning environment. It’s been great to see this development grow from the foundations into this fantastic facility that will certainly enrich the experiences of our learners.
“The reaction from the pupils has been amazing”.