Thousands of students at Ysgol Glan Clwyd have started lessons in a brand new multi-million pound extension for the first time.
The new building at the Welsh-medium secondary school in St Asaph forms part of an ongoing £15.9 million revamp. Work on the new three-storey extension took ten months to complete.
Denbighshire County Council said the opening of the new facility marked a new chapter in Ysgol Glan Clwyd’s history – with work on refurbishing the existing buildings set to begin this month.
Glan Clwyd headteacher Bethan Cartwright said: ”The new extension has provided much needed educational space and there is such a modern feel to our new learning environment. It’s been great to see this development grow from the foundations into this fantastic facility that will certainly enrich the experiences of our learners. The reaction from the pupils has been amazing and we look forward to the next stage of the work beginning in earnest in the coming weeks”.
The new development has been jointly funded by Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government as part of the 21st Century Schools scheme, which also funded the new £25 million home of nearby Rhyl High School.
Councillor Eryl Williams said: ”The extension and refurbishment of Ysgol Glan Clwyd is one of our flagship projects and we are delighted that future generations of children in our communities will benefit from such great facilities…the council fully recognises the need for improved and additional space to meet the demand for Welsh medium education in the area.”