Stephen joins pupils, staff, politicians and contractors at Penarth Learning Community topping-out ceremony


The topping-out ceremony at Penarth Learning Community.

The topping-out ceremony at Penarth Learning Community.

STEPHEN helped mark an important milestone for the Penarth Learning Community – when he attended the official topping-out celebration.

He is pictured with school pupils as well as Minister for Education and Skills Huw Lewis AM, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Education Chris Elmore, and Rob Bradley, Managing Director of Leadbitter and Bouygues UK’s Western team which is building the new schools – marking the occasion by raising a yew tree to the top of the building in a tradition which dates back to medieval times.

Stephen said: “I welcome the boost for jobs and apprenticeships that the development has brought, and I’m looking forward to work being completed.”

The project will create two new schools on the current St Cyres site in Penarth. As well as brand new state-of-the-art facilities for those pupils, it will also house a new Special Educational Needs school called Ysgol y Deri – accommodating pupils who use the three existing SEN schools in the Vale, Ysgol Erw’r Delyn, Ysgol Maes Dyfan and Ashgrove School.

Huw Lewis AM added: “The £33.3 million investment that the Welsh Government has made available for this project demonstrates our commitment, more than ever, to providing the best learning environments for Welsh learners. This, in turn, will ensure that the best standard of education will be provided.”

Pupils from St Cyres will move into their new school in October 2014, with Ysgol y Deri pupils moving in from December 2014.

Picture courtesy of Penarth Times

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