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Schools on schedule

Published: 08/02/2016

Jane Hutt AM, Welsh Government Minister for Finance and Government Business has visited the site of the new flagship £30 million Holywell Learning Campus where new primary and secondary schools will be co-located on the site of the existing High School. Construction work began just over a year ago and is progressing well and on schedule. The new schools are due to open from September 2016, with the existing facilities remaining in use until that time to ensure no disruption for learners. The new primary school recently named Ysgol Maes y Felin, will replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn Infants and Ysgol y Fron Junior School and will cater for learners up to the age of 11. This will be on the same site as the new facility for Holywell High School, which will be built to provide for the education of 11 to 16 year olds. The new three storey secondary school will have 600 places and the single storey primary school will have 315 places. Primary children and secondary age students will be educated in the latest state of the art accommodation with all modern IT facilities to assist with learning. Minister for Finance and Government Business Jane Hutt AM said: Minister for Finance and Government Business, Jane Hutt said: “We are committed to investing in our children’s education so they have the best opportunities to learn and develop in a new modern and vibrant learning environment. The new Holywell learning campus is a great example of that and I have been pleased to see how the £15.5 million funding we have provided through our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme is delivering the best possible facilities for children in the area. “It is clear the new state of the art primary and secondary schools here will provide an excellent setting and also make a real difference to the whole community. “During my visit, I was delighted to be able to announce an immediate capital boost of £23 million for our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme across Wales. In all, despite difficult financial challenges, we are investing over £1.4 billion in the programme to rebuild and refurbish over 150 schools and colleges throughout Wales which will benefit learners for years to come.” Councillor Chris Bithell, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This project is being match funded by the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme and I am delighted that the Minister has taken the opportunity to see how well work is progressing on what will be a wonderful modern new facility for children, young people and the wider community. Jim Parker, Managing Director for Galliford Try Building North West, said: Jim Parker, Managing Director for Galliford Try Building North West, said: “Holywell Learning Campus is a flagship construction project for North Wales that is providing real benefits for local people, in terms of jobs, training and investment in the local economy. The partnership between all the stakeholders has been a real stand-out feature of this project so far, and we look forward to building on those excellent working relationships to deliver the high quality school facilities that the children of Holywell deserve.” Note to editors Pictured in the attached photograph are from left to right: Damian Hughes, Senior Officer FCC - School Planning and Provision, Peter Davies, Headteacher Ysgol Maes Y Felin, Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance & Government Business, Sandy Mewies AM, John Weir, Headteacher Holywell High School, Cllr Peter Curtis and Jim Parker, Galliford Try Managing Director for Building North