Education Minister to open state-of-the-art £6.4million school in Shotton
Education Minister, Huw Lewis will officially open Wales’ latest multi-million
pound, state-of-the-art school in Shotton today (Monday 29th February).
Ysgol Ty Ffynnon Primary School is a new £6.4million development delivered
through the Welsh Government’s Transitional Funding Programme. The project was
funded in partnership between the Welsh Government and Flintshire County
Council with the Welsh Government providing £4.5million of the total.
The Welsh Government’s Transitional Funding Programme is the successful
forerunner to the 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme, which
will provide investment of £1.4 billion delivered in partnership with local
authorities to support the rebuild and refurbishment of over 150 schools and
colleges across Wales.
The ultra modern school replaces Shotton Infants and Taliesin Junior School and
accommodates 245 primary and 30 nursery pupils. It was built on the site of
the existing junior school by Wrexham based Read Construction Holdings Ltd.
The new school building has nine classrooms and two resource classes for
children with moderate learning difficulties, a nursery, assembly hall, studio,
and kitchen and community facilities. In the outside space, there will be
landscaped play and recreation areas.
Education Minister Huw Lewis said:
“It gives me great pleasure to officially open Ysgol Ty Ffynon. Schools like
this are a real example of what the Welsh Government, in partnership with local
government, is trying to achieve through our investment programmes. We are
absolutely committed to providing the best learning environments that will
inspire teachers, pupils and the wider community”.
Councillor Aaron Shotton said: “The new school has been built to a high
standard, to provide modern, first class facilities and the best learning
opportunities for our children. It is the result of the Flintshire programme to
amalgamate infant and junior schools. This official opening heralds a new era
in delivering quality education for the county.”
Nia Goldsmith, Headteacher, said: “The pupils are so fortunate to have a
wonderful 21st century school with modern up to date technology and resources.
Both pupils and staff are delighted to be working in such excellent
surroundings and hope that the local community will work with the school to
keep the facilities in pristine condition.”
Richard Heaton, Read Construction Managing Director said: “Read are proud to
have delivered this significant partnership project for Flintshire Council.
Early collaboration with the supply chain and client resulted in the project
being awarded Exemplar status by Constructing Excellence Wales as a model of
best practice. Read Construction’s team has delivered an exemplary learning
environment for the pupils and teaching staff at the new school.”
Note to editors
Pictured in the attached photograph are:
Nia Goldsmith, Headteacher, Huw Lewis Minister for Education & Skills, Cllr.
Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council and John Donnelly, Chairman of Governors