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Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr - Curriculum led remodelling

This curriculum remodelling scheme aims to provide learners and staff of Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr with a safe, sound and fit for purpose 21st Century Learning environment; providing improved facilities to support independent learning.

Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr

This project is jointly funded by Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools programme and Swansea Council.

Swansea Council's Quality in Education (QEd) programme aims to:

  • raise standards of achievement and attainment for all children and young people
  • improve the quality of the learning environment
  • make the best use of human, physical and financial resources

The scheme will reuse with minor remodelling, the former Gowerton infant/nursery sites, vacated by the primary school on completion of the new build for Gowerton Primary in December 2015. There will also be remodelling and part refurbishment of the curriculum spaces within the existing Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr site. 

What does this mean?

The project will maximise on the development opportunities within both the Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr and former Gowerton infant/nursery buildings; to create appropriate and flexible learning spaces. 

The £1.35m investment will include the minor remodelling of the existing Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr building to provide:

  • an additional general classroom 
  • an additional science laboratory by converting the current 6th form common room
  • a reconfigured main foyer and reception to provide a more secure main access point to the school

Also the former Gowerton infant and nursery buildings will be remodelled to maximise the best use of existing space and will:

  • provide an additional 8 general classrooms
  • provide a more suitable 6th form learning resource centre
  • provide the replacement of a demountable structure with a brand new modular building
  • address the overall need for sufficient dining provision for all year groups

Work will be split into two phases to allow the pupils to remain safely on site for the duration of the work.

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.

Project update

June 2017

The new replacement double demountable was successfully sited on a particularly rainy day in late May. The facility has been fitted out to provide two fully working classrooms on the former Goweron Infant site. All work at YG Gwyr has now been handed over and the school have occupied all areas in time for the new start of term in September.

The school have worked incredibly well with Corporate Building Services and the Education Department. As a result a fantastic job has been done in converting and modernising the former Gowerton Infant and Nursery sites to enable their continuing use by a comprehensive school.

May 2017

The school took possession of their new science lab at the start of May. This science lab is extremely modern and will give the school the facility to provide enhanced curriculum delivery, particularly in specialist subject provision across the sciences. The brand new reception area was also delivered in early May and will give the school the ability to achieve even greater operational efficiencies and allow staff to greet visitors in a bright and modern environment. The new reception area together with the new access gate and Mag Lock system will address safeguarding requirements and allow the school to fully embrace their split campus. The final element of the project, the delivery and siting of the new replacement for the sub-standard demountable, is expected to be completed in June.

Project timeline

Key milestoneDateStatus
Submission of Business Justification CaseJanuary 2016Completed
Approval of Business Justification Case by Welsh GovernmentJune 2016Completed
Planning approvalJuly 2016Completed
Construction - phase 1 startSummer 2016Completed
Phase 1 completedOctober 2016Completed
Construction - phase 2 startDecember 2016Completed
Phase 2 completedtbcCompleted
Project ClosureMarch 2017Completed

Project team

School - Katherine Davies, Headteacher

City and County of Swansea - Nicola Jones/Alayne Smith, Education Project Manager

Corporate Property and Building services

  • Mike Delaney, Architectual Project Manager
  • Darren Thomas, Programme and Contracts Manager
  • Steve Colwill, Site Manager


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