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Education Minister officially opens £8.7 million building for Crownbridge School

Education Minister officially opens £8.7 million building for Crownbridge School

Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, was in Croesyceiliog today to officially open an £8.7 million building for Crownbridge Special School, with £5.4 million of the funding coming from the Welsh Government.

The new state-of-the-art school building will house a variety of health and medical services, providing pupils aged 3-19 with a first-class learning environment to help them reach their full potential.

The building is an exemplar of a centre of excellence and innovation for pupils, teachers and the local community, built to Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) excellent standards. It will provide flexible facilities that are fully fit for purpose and will help ensure effective curriculum delivery for the SEN sector.

The school’s facilities include a purpose-built hydrotherapy pool, as well as dedicated space for physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists to work with pupils. The school also benefits from a non class based space, incorporating soft fittings, lighting and sound equipment.

Speaking at the opening, the Minister said:

“The Welsh Government is committed to providing the best 21st Century learning environments for our learners

“This commitment is reflected in the £5.4million funding that we have provided towards the cost of this project.

“Crownbridge now provides an outstanding special education needs teaching and learning facility which is second to none.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has helped to make this new building a reality. This truly is a learning environment fit for the 21st Century.

“I’m sure that the school will continue to inspire and engage teachers, pupils and the wider community for many years to come.”