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Excellent progress continues on new school site

Excellent progress is being made on a brand new teaching facility for some of Swansea's most vulnerable pupils.


Despite the recent bad weather the steel frame of the new Pupil Referral Unit at Cockett has been completed and the development is on track to open in the autumn next year.

The new build at Cockett is being jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government.

Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams recently joined Council Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Cllr Jennifer Raynor, to visit staff and pupils at the PRU and then went on to check on progress at the new school.

When open the new purpose built PRU will provide staff and pupils with attractive and functional facilities all on one site - replacing the outdated accommodation at Brondeg House in Manselton, the Step-Ahead site in Cockett and the Arfryn Education Centre in Penlan.

Cllr Raynor said: "Pupils at the PRU have made several visits to the site and they are becoming ever more excited as the new school take shape and they have said how much they are looking forward to moving in.

"This significant investment will be game changing for the service in Swansea and will create a much more positive and inviting learning environment that will enable us to provide greater opportunities for learning and to fully implement the new Curriculum for Wales."

Pupils who use the service range from age 5 to 16 and all struggle with aspects of their social, emotional or behavioural development. The council's aim, wherever possible, is to support them to return to mainstream education.

The new build is being delivered by Kier Construction who stepped in when the previous contractor, Dawnus, went into administration in March.

Jason Taylor, Operations Director for Kier Regional Building Wales, said: "The completion of the steel frame is a significant milestone in the construction of this project and it is great to see the new PRU building take shape.

"We are delighted to be working with Swansea City Council to deliver this much needed specialist facility and we look forward to marking further milestones on the PRU project as the work progresses.

"Kier, has a long held reputation within both Wales and the education sector and have been responsible for the delivery of over £5billion of education facilities in the last decade.  Most recently in Wales our team has completed a new £30m school in Croesyceiliog and secured new projects in Swansea at Tan-y-lan and Bishopston Comprehensive Schools."

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