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NEW Era For Swansea School After £15.1m Refurb

Swansea City legend Leon Britton has helped kick-off a brand new era for a popular comprehensive school in the city.

The former midfielder officially opened a £15.1m refurbishment of Pentrehafod School which has transformed the learning and sporting facilities for pupils, teachers and the wider community.

New art rooms, a wide range of general teaching spaces, dedicated ICT rooms, breakout spaces, group rooms, new reception, upgraded hall spaces, a new library as well as a vastly improved teaching kitchen are just a few of the new areas the school is now benefiting from.

The Science classrooms have been completely refurbished, there is a much improved front atrium and car park area and for the first time all the school buildings have been linked up so pupils and teachers can now move around Pentrehafod completely under cover and no longer have to run from building to building in bad weather.

The sports facilities on site have been greatly enhanced with the installation of a 3G all-weather pitch, which is also available for community use.

The project has been jointly funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "The transformation of Pentrehafod School that has taken place during the last two years is truly impressive and I was delighted to see how pupils and staff are now working in a state-of-the-art environment that is second to none.

"The council is determined that our young people are given every opportunity to reach their full potential and Pentrehafod is the latest in a long list of schools in Swansea to receive significant investment.

"More than £100m has been invested in our 21st Century Schools programme to date and I'm delighted that by working closely with our colleagues in the Welsh Government we have developed a programme that will see another £150m invested in school buildings and facilities in Swansea in the next few years."

The main contractor on the Pentrehafod project was Morgan Sindall and the company worked closely with the school and the project team to minimise disruption as pupils and staff remained on site throughout the whole build.

Headteacher Jennifer Ford said the process had been more than worthwhile as pupils and staff were delighted with their new surroundings.

Mrs Ford added: "The refurbishment has taken two years and it has been challenging, for students and staff; it's like having major work done on your home but having to work around it. With 1,000 students this has been an interesting project.

"However, the results are worth it: we have a lovely new school, with wide corridors and excellent facilities. I would like to thank students and staff for their patience and understanding."

Throughout the project local workers and suppliers were used where possible and the company provided apprenticeship and work experience opportunities.

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