Pupils and staff from Ysgol Maelgwn and Ysgol Nant y Coed and representatives of Conwy County Borough Council joined contactors Read Construction to celebrate the start of work on the new Llandudno Junction Area School on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
The £11.49million new dual-stream Primary School for the community of Llandudno Junction is part of Conwy County Borough Council’s Primary School Modernisation Programme, in conjunction with the Welsh Government 21st Century Schools Programme, with completion of the Project expected in March 2017.
Following workshops and a vote by pupils and staff from the town’s two primary schools, a new name for the new Llandudno Junction School has been chosen as Ysgol Awel y Mynydd.
Ysgol Awel y Mynydd will have a capacity for 432 full-time pupils and 60 part-time nursery pupils. Pupils will be taught either through a Welsh First Language or Welsh Second Language/Bilingual curriculum.
In addition to formal educational space, facilities at the new school will include nurture rooms, group rooms, school hall, studio space, with access to ICT in all areas and staff accommodation including offices and informal staff room.
Externally there will be extensive sports pitch areas, soft and hard play areas, habitat areas and landscaping designed for both Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 provision.
Ysgol Awel y Mynydd will also incorporate two Specific Language Impairment (SLI) Resource units. The Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 units will provide support for pupils who require speech and language therapy to encourage inclusion into mainstream education in a safe and supportive environment.
John Prichard-Taylor, Commercial Manager for Read Construction commented: “We are delighted to be working with Conwy Council on this prestigious project through the North Wales Construction Framework. Throughout the project, Read will deliver a programme of activities which support skills development and training opportunities within the local community. The North Wales Construction Framework presents a fantastic opportunity for local supply chain members to become involved in projects and Read welcome any approach from local businesses.”
Cyng Wyn Ellis Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills said: “I am delighted that we are able to invest in this excellent new school, to allow the governors and staff to provide high quality education and support in new buildings that will be fit for purpose. It’ll be very exciting to watch the building take shape in 2016.”