30th Sep 2021
A school in Wrexham is preparing for a major refurbishment project that will enable all its pupils to be under the same roof.
Leader Live reports that pupils at Ysgol Yr Hafod in Johnstown, in the country borough of Wrexham, North Wales, are currently taught at two different sites in the village, depending on their age group.
Now an application has been forwarded which will see three new classrooms being built to accommodate infant school pupils at the site on Bangor Road, where the junior school pupils are taught.
The project will also see the refurbishment of the existing building to create accommodations for the 350 students. The application also proposes the introduction of a new staff car park and a multi-use games area.
During the proposed construction works, two temporary teaching blocks will be erected on the site, each of which containing four classrooms.
Architects acting on behalf of Wrexham Council and building firm Wynne Construction stated in the application: “This planning application seeks consent for a single storey, three classroom extension, connecting to the south facade of the existing Ysgol Yr Hafod school building.”
The statement added that as well as creating classrooms fit for the 21st-century, the plans outline a new main entrance and administration hub, a new early years foundation phase class base, and supporting ancillary facilities.
The application also seeks permission for the refurbishment of the current school building so that classrooms can be brought in line with modern teaching standards.
It also asks for consent for the change of use of a neighbouring residential schoolhouse property, also on Bangor Road, from a private residential dwelling to a non-residential institution.
It proposes that a single-storey extension on the south-eastern side of the property, which will create a new class base to provide for ‘wrap-around’ care for part-time students and after school clubs that typically take place outside of regular school hours.
The application concludes with consent sought for the new staff car park, multi-games area, and all the additional associated external works to accommodate the proposed scheme of works.
Wrexham Council's Lead Member for Education, Councillor Phil Wynn, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to our young students, it’s great to be able to announce this project after securing funding from the Welsh Government 21st Century schools programme.”
Local councillor and chair of governors at Ysgol Yr Hafod, Councillor David A Bithell, said it was very exciting news for Ysgol Yr Hafod in terms of securing substantial funding in Johnstown, and that it will allow all age groups to be taught on the same site, enabling the school to become a hub of learning for the area, improving education facilities for all students.
Funding for the improvements will be provided by the Welsh Government with the local authority also contributing to the costs.
A decision will be made on the application by council planners at a later date.
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