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School Modernisation Programme on the Right Track in North Wales

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Anglesey’s plans to improve education and skills are on the right track, according to an independent review.

Over the next few years, the Isle of Anglesey County Council will invest more than £33m as part of its ambitious schools modernisation programme.

Two new primary schools are currently being built – Ysgol Cybi in Holyhead, and Ysgol Rhyd y Llan in Llanfaethlu, with both scheduled to open in September 2017. A third project will also see a new school built in Newborough with refurbishments to Parc y Bont and Brynsiencyn primary schools.

The schools modernisation programme recently underwent a Gateway Review which looked at how the County Council is transforming education provision.

An experienced and independent team of reviewers looked at various aspects of the process and provided positive feedback together with a number of learning points. They gave an overall delivery confidence assessment of ‘Amber/Green’ and concluded that successful delivery is likely.

Anglesey’s Head of Learning, Delyth Molyneux thanked the Gateway Review team for their work. She said,

“I’m pleased with the feedback provided by the Gateway Review, which shows that the programme is on the right track. I’d like to thank all the staff from the School Modernisation Programme team, and our colleagues across various departments for their efforts to ensure that the process continues to run smoothly. We’ll continue to work to mitigate any future risks so that they do not affect the delivery of this important programme.”

“Education portfolio holder, Councillor Kenneth Hughes, added, “Our schools modernisation programme is aimed at ensuring that Anglesey becomes a top performing local authority in Wales with leading schools and education provision.”

“Current projects to develop new schools are progressing well. We remain committed to ensuring that our children are taught in schools which meet 21st century standards and expectations. Investment from the Welsh Government and County Council will ensure new schools which are fit for purpose, in the right place, meet pupils’ needs and become a resource which communities can fully utilise.”