Primary school officially opens new classrooms
4:40pm Monday 28th January 2013 in News
GWENFO Primary School has celebrated the opening of two new classrooms.
Although the rooms have been used by Year 5 and 6 pupils since the start of the school year, they were officially opened - along with a special needs room and link to the main school - by Chair of school governors Norman Craggs and Vale AM Jane Hutt last Thursday (January 17).
Mrs Val Simpson, headteacher at Gwenfo Church in Wales Primary School for seven years, said: "We are delighted to officially open the classrooms, and wanted to welcome everyone and thank all the people that have helped bring us to this point.
"It's a dream come true."
She added that the children were enjoying the new facilities.
"They have found it absolutely wonderful and are delighted," she said.
"It's very conducive to learning and our standards are improving month after month now that they have got the right environment. There's also more space, as there wasn't any room in the old classrooms.
"It's made a huge impact on the school as we have a great new teaching environment."
Chair of governors Norman Craggs, who led the campaign for new classrooms, said the facilities were 'brilliant'.
"It's warmer, brighter and is a much improved educational environment," he said.
"It's also safer as now Years Five and Six are part of the main building."
Vale AM and Welsh Government finance minister Jane Hutt said: "Clearly this school is offering excellent education for the pupils, but the classrooms needed upgrading and careful project management."
She added that the new classrooms would benefit the school in the long term.
"It's very clear that the school environment does have a beneficial impact on learning and wellbeing," she said.
"We need to do everything we can locally and nationally to support our pupils and teachers, and these facilities are first class."