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Work starts on school construction

Published: 05/10/2018

Ysgol Glan Aber 02.jpgPictured: Flintshire County Council Leader Aaron Shotton with year 6 pupils Bailey Rigby and Ruby Courtney along with Paul Kidley from Design Group Chester, Cllr Mike Reece, Kier Construction's Richard Robinson, Project Lead for the school Kevin Jones, Kier Construction's Justin Williams, Cllr Rob Davies, Welsh Government's Natalie James-Rutledge, Headteacher Paul Noon and Flintshire Council's Damian Hughes outside the school entrance



Flintshire County Council is pleased to announce that work is starting on Ysgol Glan Aber, Bagillt, to improve the education provision in the area.

Flintshire County Council, in partnership with the Welsh Government, will be investing over £2.3m to transform Ysgol Glan Aber into a school fit for the 21st Century. This includes £1.3 m of Welsh Government’s funding to reduce infant class sizes through the creation of an additional classroom, which will allow teachers to devote more time and individual attention to each of their pupils.  The funding will also provide a new hall and dining facilities.

The Council has appointed local firm Kier Construction, based at Wrexham, to carry out this improvement work.  The scheme is funded by both Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council as part of the Welsh Government’s Reducing Infant Class Sizes Grant and Council’s capital investment programme.   

Flintshire County Council’s Leader, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said:

“This improvement work is an important investment in Ysgol Glan Aber and shows that Flintshire County Council, despite being a low funded council, is able to secure money to improve and update our schools.  These modern facilities for our young people and the wider community will provide a new inspirational learning experience for our school children.” 

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, said:

“I am delighted to hear that work has started on the new facilities in Ysgol Glan Aber which will result in smaller infant class sizes with the overall aim of improving outcomes.

“International research and evidence tells us there is a positive connection between smaller class sizes and attainment, particularly for our youngest pupils especially those from poorer backgrounds, and those with additional needs.

“Ysgol Glan Aber is a prime candidate for the funding having a combination of large infant class sizes and significant numbers of pupils with additional needs.

“Investing in new facilities and an additional classroom will result in smaller classes which will make a real difference, allowing teachers to devote more time and individual attention to each of their pupils, and giving learners a space to learn in a well-designed, modern accommodation.

“This is central to our mission to raise standards, reduce the attainment gap and deliver an education system which is a source of national pride and confidence.”