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Old classrooms demolished during school holidays

Pupils and staff returning to a Swansea comprehensive in September will notice significant changes.

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Contractors working on the £15.1m refurbishment of Pentrehafod School are making the most of the summer holidays to demolish several old or temporary buildings.

The aim is to undertake some of the most potentially disruptive work while staff and pupils are enjoying a break.

Before they broke-up pupils and staff were already making the most of some refurbished classrooms that had been completed, including the CAD/CAM and Design Technology rooms along with the Drama Room and music classroom.

While the school is empty contractor Morgan Sindall will complete demolition work of the main demountable and much of Block Two.

They are also on schedule to complete the new building that will house the Pentrehafod Alternative Curriculum Education (PACE) at the front of the school site.

This will allow pupils on the programme to return to the main school grounds and give them easier access to the mainstream curriculum.

Major refurbishment and remodelling works will also be taking place in order to upgrade the buildings including roof insulation and the replacement of windows.

Car parking works will also be taking place to relocate this to the front of the school to improve safety.

Due to the works this year GCSE results will be handed out in the leisure centre building and not in the school buildings on August 24.

The project is part of the 21st Century Schools Programme - a joint funded programme by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government.

Plans are being developed for the next phase with the council aiming to spend up to a further £150m between 2019 and 2024.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Children, Education & Life Long Learning, said: "Work at the Pentrehafod site has increased in intensity now that the pupils and staff have finished for the summer holidays and the contractors are aiming to make significant progress by the time the school starts again in September.

"I know pupils and teachers are pleased with the programme so far and have said they are already seeing the benefits in the classrooms that have been refurbished."

Pupils on the School Council and Student Parliament at Pentrehafod have been consulted at all stages of the refurbishment.

Maddie Williams said: "It has been really good to see it progressing."

Jack Isaac added: "What we've seen so far just looks way better."

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