During the next two years outdated demountable classrooms will be replaced by extending the existing buildings, there will be an extensive refurbishment of the rest of the school and its sports facilities will be given an overhaul and made available to the wider community outside of school hours.
It is the latest project in Swansea Council’s QEd programme to improve school environments aimed at driving up standards and is jointly funded by the council and Welsh Government.
The council’s Corporate Building and Property Services team and Education Department will work with contractors Morgan Sindall to deliver the project.
Pupils, staff and parents will start to notice preparatory work this week with the arrival of the Contractors’ cabins on site.
Arrangements are in place to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum and to ensure that the phased programme of work does not interrupt pupils’ on-going education.
Cllr Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Next Generation Services who oversees the development of new school buildings, said it was an important milestone for a major project that will benefit thousands of pupils in years to come as well as the wider community.
“As a council we have shown a strong commitment to improving the education facilities available to our children. In the last few years millions of pounds has been invested in schools in Gowerton, Lon Las, Burlais and Morriston.
“Pentrehafod Comprehensive School is in need of upgrade and the completed improvements will benefit the local community for generations to come.”
Cllr Jen Raynor, Cabinet member for Education, said huge strides had been made at the school in recent years and new teaching facilities fit for the 21st Century would only boost this progress.
“Pentrehafod Comprehensive is an improving school where the hard work of staff alongside support and challenge from the Council has resulted in better education and better pupil attainment.
“Those improvements have been recognised by Estyn and most recently in the schools categorisation where it was placed in one of the top categories.
“We now need to support that hard work by making sure the school has facilities fit for purpose which can equip and inspire teachers and youngsters so it can continue to develop.”
As well as improved facilities across the school, the project will include a purpose built two classroom extension which will sit alongside the new changing room facilities. This will be used by pupils needing extra support.
This new facility will be part funded through Schools Challenge Cymru funding of £150,000. The expectation is that this will also be made available to the community out of school hours.