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Pentre'r Graig Primary School - Complete

This project is jointly funded between Welsh Government's 21st Century schools and Education programme and the City and County of Swansea.

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Pentre'r Graig completed school
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Pentre'r Graig completed school

September 2011 saw the opening of the newly formed Pentre'r Graig Primary School, following amalgamation of Pentrepoeth Infant School, Pentrepoeth Junior School and Graig Infant School. Welsh Government and cabinet have approved a business case which will see a joint funded curriculum-led remodelling scheme progress at the school.

What does this mean?

This project will improve the accommodation to provide a fit for purpose learning environment to support reduced disruption for learners and to improve educational standards and improved efficiencies.
The curriculum led remodelling scheme includes:

  • small scale extension to link the main two existing school buildings
  • enhancing security and safe guarding
  • remodelling of the main existing buildings to provide full access throughout the school for pupils and staff
  • address the factors that lead to disruption
  • improved learning areas
  • increased flexibility
  • enhancing accessibility
  • facilitate raising educational standards
  • achieve better economies and operational cost
  • address priority areas of backlog maintenance
  • remove an aging and failing demountable building.

Work has been split into phases to allow the pupils to remain safely on site for the duration of the work.

    Progress updates

    February 2017

    The 28 February 2017 saw the official relaunch ceremony to celebrate the end of the remodelling works at the school. During this official occasion the Lord Mayor Councillor David Hopkins, along with members of the governing body and senior councillors, had a tour of the remodelled school.

    A plaque was unveiled after the school choir sung to their visitors and the Lord Mayor helped pupils to plant a tree for the occasion.

    January 2017

    Work at Pentre'r Graig Primary has been handed over and the school took occupation at the start of the year.

    An excellent effort has been made by everyone involved.

    The school are delighted with their remodelled facilities and the staff couldn't wait for the pupils to start enjoying their new surroundings.

    A 're-launch' ceremony has been scheduled for 28 February 2017.

    December 2016

    As the project approaches its final stages, work experience placements have been busy supporting the builders by taking ownership of a special area of work to make the Foundation Phase play area look extra special for the pupils.

    Chris Mossop, Aaron Meeking and Jordon David are the latest work placements to have gained valuable experience on the project, supported by Beyond Bricks and Mortar (BBM).

    Pentre'r Graig Primary School

    Corporate Building and Property Services, in partnership with the BBM team have helped support 14 long-term unemployed work experience candidates, clock up over 74 weeks of on-site practical work experience. The initiative is designed to improve the employability of the candidates, whilst developing and enhancing their real work life experience credentials. In addition the project at Pentre'r Graig has offered an opportunity for apprentices to gain over 500 valuable on site working days to further enhance their personal development and experience.

    October 2016 - A special class was held by the builders to introduce year 2/3 pupils to different materials and tools of the building trade. They gained valuable 'hands on experience' about how their school was being built and remodelled. 

    September 2016 - Pupils lead a visit with members of the council to showcase the completed phase 2 works which they have settled into and also the progress on work to the remaining areas of the school.

    Phase 3 work has been gaining speed and the nursery pupils have moved into the main school building to allow demolition work to the demountable on site to begin.

    June 2016 - Community Benefit update
    In the first 11 months of the 18 month contract CB+PS in partnership with the Beyond Bricks and Mortar team have placed 9 candidates on the project, whilst achieving 40 weeks of onsite practical work experience. It is further anticipated this approach will lead to more life changing opportunities for candidates, over the remaining seven months of the project. In addition the project at Pentre'r Graig has also offered the opportunity for CB+PS apprentices to gain valuable experience and further enhance their personal  development.

    June 2016 - completion of phase two
    Pupils are settling into their new classrooms as Phase two of the curriculum remodelling scheme at Pentre'r Graig Primary school is handed over. Swansea Council's CP+BS have successfully completed phase two ahead of the original schedule.

    April 2016 - Councillors visit the school to view progress to date 
    Competition winners Sophia Sims (Year 6), and Alfie Brandrick (Year 2), lead a visit to showcase the work at the school to the leader Rob Stewart, Cabinet Member for Education Cllr Raynor, Cabinet Member - Next Generation Services Cllr Andrea Lewis, Cllr Ceri Evans and school governor representative Wayne Newton.

    March 2016 - Pupils choose colours and design of new toilets
    Infant and junior members of Pentre'r Graig Star Group help choose design and colours of their new facilities.

    February 2016 - completion of phase one
    Phase one of the scheme of works at the school has been successfully completed. Cllr Yvonne Jardine joined the star group in a sneak peak of their newly remodelled facilities.

    December 2015 - Competition winners

    Sophia Sims (Year 6), and Alfie Brandrick (Year 2), won the safety poster competition. Their posters will be displayed at the school throughout the project.

    PDF Document Poster by competition winner Alfie Brandrick (Year 2) (PDF, 66KB)Opens new window
    PDF Document Poster by competition winner Sophia Sims (Year 6) (PDF, 55KB)Opens new window

    Project timeline 

    Key milestoneDateStatus
    Business justification case submissionMarch 2015Completed
    Business justification case approved by Welsh GovernmentMay 2015Completed
    Planning application submittedMay 2015Completed
    Planning application grantedJuly 2015Completed
    Start on siteJuly 2015Completed
    Phase 1February 2016Completed
    Phase 2June 2016Completed
    Phase 3June 2016Completed
    CompletionDecember 2016Completed

    Project team

    School

    • Julie Tucker, Headteacher

    City and County of Swansea

    • Claire Lewis, Education Project Manager

    Corporate property and building services (CP+BS)

    • Mike Delaney, Architectural Project Manager
    • Martin Caddell, Architectural Project Manager
    • Darren Thomas, Programme and Contracts Manager
    • Ashley Taylor, Site Manager

    Community benefits

    The council is committed to supporting local firms and creating jobs for local people. The council's own Corporate Building and Property Services will be the principle contractor for the works at the school. During the proposed works the council will use local suppliers, where possible, for materials and products. Contractors will be encouraged to employ local workers and offer work experience to unemployed young people.

    Health and safety assemblies and pupil involvement

    Pentre'r Graig Primary pupils recently learnt all about the multi-million pound building project which aims to make their school a better place to learn.

    Special assemblies have been delivered by the council's own corporate property and building services who are the principle contractor for the works at the school, to give pupils vital information about safety on and around construction sites so they can stay safe while their schools 21st century upgrade takes place.

    Pupils were proactive in the discussions and were already very informed of the potential hazards they need to be aware of whilst the work takes place at their school.

    Pupils will be given the opportunity to take a guided tour of the developments at the school, fully kitted in hard hats and Hi Viz jackets.

    The star group have helped Mrs Tucker (the school's headteacher) to choose the colours and themes of the toilets for the first phase of the remodelling.

    These activities will continue throughout the life of the project and will help facilitate learning and interest for the pupils. It's all part of a programme of events Swansea council plans into its school building and improvement schemes to keep pupils safe but also give them a voice in the development.

    Press releases about the Pentre'r Graig Primary School project

    Pupils on song as £2.7m school revamp opens (February 2017)

     

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