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Excited pupils check out progress on their brand new school

EXCITED pupils in Swansea have been to check on the early progress of their brand new school.

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The youngsters, who are members of Gorseinon Primary School's new build committee, this week put on high vis jackets and went to visit the site where the £6.9m scheme is already taking shape.

Steel frames are being erected on the site at Parc Y Werin that this time next year will be home to the pupils that are currently housed in separate outdated Victorian buildings.

The state-of-the-art new facilities are being jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government and are being built by Andrew Scott Ltd.

Headteacher Jason Dodd said there was huge excitement among pupils, parents and teachers now work was underway.

"The transformation from what we've currently got to what we are going to have is off the scale. It's truly amazing," he said.

"Everybody is very excited now that the new school is starting to go up and the pupils who live near the park are reporting back to me daily because they are so pleased.

"We have representatives from the different year groups on the new build committee and they are going to do half-termly visits and report back in school to assemblies about what they have seen.

"Once the new building is water tight we are hoping to bring classes up so they can see for themselves the layout and what they can look forward to next year."

The company's project manager Tom Rees was on hand to show pupils around and explain to them how the project was progressing.

Representatives from Andrew Scott Ltd will also be making visits to the current school where the new build project is being used as a theme for some maths, science and technology lessons.

Prior to work starting on the main build a new playground was built within the park and it opened in time for the school summer holidays.

As well as building the school, improvements are being made to surrounding roads.

Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "I know that many parents are very relieved that the work is underway and this much needed investment in their children's education is happening.

"As we have said many times the vast majority of Parc y Werin will still be available to the public for sport and recreation just as it always has been.

"I understand that the new playground has already proved very popular and more young families have been making use of the park throughout the summer.

"Modern state-of-the-art facilities help improve attainment and inspire teachers and this new school will benefit many generations to come." 

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