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15 February 2017

Work Starts on £3m Extension to Penycae Primary School

Work has started on a £3 million extension at Penycae Primary School.

The works will bring the former infant and junior schools under one roof and follows the amalgamation of both schools in 2007.

Preparatory works at the site have included building a new play area and purchasing new land to accommodate the new school and building compound.

Cllr Joan Lowe, Chair of Governors at Ysgol Penycae, said:

"It is very exciting to see the start of works on our new building which will bring everyone under one roof.  In order to ensure that children have positive aspirations, learn and achieve their full potential it is essential they have a modern environment in which to teach and learn.  This new building will give that environment and I look forward to its completion later this year."

Read Construction will be undertaking the works which are expected to be completed by September.

Gareth Rowlands, Contracts Manager for Read Construction, said: 

“Read are pleased to start work on this significant extension scheme at Ysgol Penycae, and to be working alongside Wrexham County Borough Council once again to improve local education facilities. This project will provide a 21stCentury, modern learning environment for the school and provide a boost to the local economy.” 

The works are being carried out under the Welsh Government's 21st Century Schools and Education Programme which provides 50% of the funding for schools improvements with Wrexham Council providing the remaining funding.  The Programme aims to transform the learning experience of students ensuring they are taught in classrooms with the technologies and facilities needed to deliver a 21st Century curriculum.

21st Century funded school programmes currently taking place in Wrexham are at Caia Park, where two new schools have been built to replace Hafod y Wern and Gwenfro primary schools.  The investment of £10 million on these sites continues as works to demolish the original schools is currently taking place.  £2 million has been invested in Ysgol Plas Coch and Alexandra school and £6.3 million investment is also underway at Gwersyllt Primary, Ysgol Clywedog and Ysgol Bryn Alyn.