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An extra £15 million boost for Wales' 21st century schools

An extra £15 million boost for Wales' 21st century schools

Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, has welcomed a £15 million boost to support the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme in 2013-14, enabling a number of key projects to start early.

On Tuesday, Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, unveiled  an additional £175m in capital investment over the next two years to support strategically important projects throughout Wales.

Subject to the completion of business cases and statutory approvals, where necessary, the list of school projects to receive funding are as follows:

  • £1.75m for St Ilan School, Welsh Medium secondary, in Caerphilly;
  • £1.75m for Eastern High School in Cardiff;
  • £1m for a new school for 3-19 year olds in Llandysul, Ceredigion;
  • £1.5m for Phase 1 of a secondary school in the Llanelli area, Carmarthenshire;
  • £1.28m for a new build school in the Llandudno Junction area, Conwy;
  • £1.2m for a new area school in Denbighshire as part of the Edeyrnion primary schools review;
  • £1m for Phase 1 of reorganisation of schools in the Berwyn catchment area, Gwynedd;
  • £1m for special needs provision at Hafod Lon School in Pwllheli, Gwynedd;
  • £1.02m for a new primary school in Sandfields, Neath Port Talbot; and
  • £3.5m for a new secondary school in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The Welsh Government will now contact local authorities to ensure that each of these projects can begin at an earlier stage.

In the meantime, discussions will follow with all local authorities to explore options to accelerate the programme further.

Welcoming the additional investment, Leighton Andrews said:

“This £15 million boost underlines our commitment to the 21st Century Schools Programme.

“Securing capital investment in these difficult economic times is essential, not only for our schools and communities, but for the continued support of our construction industry and the growth of our economy.

“We will now work with local authorities to ensure that construction work on these projects can begin as quickly as possible.”

Jane Hutt added:

“We have always said that we will do all we can to boost capital in the face of budget reductions – because we know this is vital to support economic growth and create jobs.

“This £15m for 21st Century schools will make a real difference, by delivering longer term benefits for the economy and, vitally, better services for young people across Wales."