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Gowerton Primary School Project - Complete

Information about the new Gowerton Primary School.

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Pupils arrived for their first day at their new £6.8 million school on 6 January 2016. All staff worked hard in preparing and setting up the classrooms ensuring the school was ready to welcome pupils on their first day in their new environment.

For the first time in the school's history the school has come together under one roof, this has made a huge difference to all which has already been recognised by both staff and pupils alike.  Pupils now have access to outside space in which to learn and play which they have not been able to do previously along with a bright new light and airy working environment.

The new school has been built on a section of The Elba playing fields, and offers improved community facilities and outdoor space for sports and recreation for pupils as well as local people.

Mrs Susie Ralph Headteacher stated "It really has made such an outstanding difference to the quality of our working lives, it's going to a be a busy time settling into the new buildings and putting the new facilities to work to get the most out of the investment for each of our children"

Gowerton Primary School - official opening 25 May 2016

Gowerton Primary School was officially opened by the Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea Councillor David Hopkins on 25 May 2016. Everyone was delighted to see the school officially opened, none more so than the new Assembly Member for Gower, Rebecca Evans.
Both staff and pupils alike worked hard to put on an enjoyable event which celebrated the bringing together the two schools onto one site for the first time.
This new £6.8 million project was jointly funded by the Welsh Government and the City and County of Swansea.

Gowerton Primary School - early 2016

Take a virtual tour around the new school

Community benefits

During the course of the project Interserve Limited encouraged the pupils and staff to attend site visits to take photographs and talk to the labours, discuss the build and   actively participate in the development.  Pupils have discussed and agreed what items they would like placed into a time capsule which will be buried at the new site.

In the summer Interserve held a Teachers vs Staff football tournament which was a huge success with staff and contractors alike and a Contractors Charity Football Tournament which managed to raise approximately £2k for the school.  

During the construction of the school Interserve reached their 100% target in student work experience placements and overachieved in their target for apprentice completions, and NVQ completions for subcontractors.

Community engagement project

The new £6.89 million pound Gowerton Primary School building funded by Welsh Government and the council opened its doors to pupils in January this year.

During the construction of the school, the council worked with the contractor Interserve to secure benefits for the wider community.

During the construction Interserve managed to reach and exceed the majority of their Beyond Bricks and Mortar targets set at the outset of construction by managing with the assistance from the City and County of Swansea's Beyond Bricks and Mortar team in successfully placing a number of short and long term unemployed into work placements as well as providing apprenticeship schemes.

The contractor also participated in community engagement projects such as a Gowerton Primary school staff versus contractor's football match, sponsorship of Gowerton Junior Rugby club and a contractor's charity football tournament of which all monies raised was given to the school.

Following discussions with Interserve, the school, and relevant stakeholders including Councillor Susan Jones and the local Friends of Gowerton Woodlands and Open Spaces, it was agreed Interserve would install two new paths into an area of woodland on the other side of the school.

Friends of Gowerton Woodland and Open Space are keen to restore and promote this area as it is home to the last remaining part of the historical Gowerton Canal which was created to carry coal to the nearby docks in Penclawdd. The canals usefulness ended with the introduction of the railways but you can still see evidence of the canal in the woodland which is acting as a natural drain for the local area and inhabited by the local wildlife. Friends of Gowerton Woodlands and Open Spaces are also working with the school and the council to maintain decent access for all groups of people.

Interserve will be utilising the Interserve Employee Foundation which enables its entire staff to two days leave per year to undertake this community project.

Friends of Gowerton Woodlands and Open Spaces work closely with the school and are involved with helping with any environmental projects that the school will be carrying out to encourage and protect the local flora and fauna. It is also hoped that since the introduction in June of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds project 'Giving Nature a Home' the installation of these paths will promote continued access to the woods by the local community in order to promote and protect this once neglected, historical little woodland, into a valuable natural resource for the people of Gowerton.

 

Progress photos

Early progress images for the new Gowerton Primary School.

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