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Bishopston Comprehensive School in line for £12m investment

Almost £12m is set to be invested in dramatically improving facilities at a comprehensive school in Swansea for generations to come.

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Bishopston is the latest secondary school in line for a make-over that will see the refurbishment and remodelling of existing buildings to provide state-of-the-art classrooms for pupils and teaching staff.

Work will also include a new two storey extension to replace the demountables which are no longer fit for purpose.

The scheme will be jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government as part of a £149.7m investment in school facilities in Swansea under the 21st Century Schools Band B Programme.

A report is going to the council's cabinet on March 21 seeking funds to cover the pre-construction phase and to award an initial contract.

If all goes to plan and subject to final Welsh Government approval construction could start this time next year.

Work will be done in phases with the areas of greatest need addressed first. The aim is to complete the project by early 2022.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills said: "I am pleased to see that our plans to dramatically improve facilities at Bishopston Comprehensive School are really taking shape.

"A lot of hard work has already gone behind the scenes with our education department working closely with the headteacher and governing body and the report going to cabinet is an important milestone in this process.

"Pupils, parents and staff at Bishopston can look forward to an exciting future for the school."

Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr is also set to benefit from significant investment to increase capacity to meet the growing demand for places under the Band B programme.

Cllr Raynor added: "Thousands of pupils at schools across Swansea are already seeing the benefits that new school buildings and improved infrastructure are delivering for pupils in Swansea under our 21st Century Schools programme.

"We are determined to ensure many more pupils are taught in an environment that will equip and inspire teachers and youngsters and as part of our recent budget proposals a further £149.7m is to be invested in the coming years." 

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