Impressive progress in the construction of a new secondary school for Caldicot was observed in an on-site ceremony on Friday 1st July.
The construction of the new school is part of Monmouthshire County Council’s £81m investment – in conjunction with partners in Welsh Government – into its 21st Century Schools programme. Much of the building’s frame and reinforcement has already been erected, using steel procured from within the UK and installed by local sub-contractors. The new school building is scheduled to be ready for autumn 2017 with the completion of the whole campus by summer 2018.
The ceremony was attended by the Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council Jim Higginson and the Mayor of Caldicot David Evans. They were accompanied by Newport East assembly member John Griffiths, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for schools and learning Liz Hacket Pain, councillors from the school’s catchment area and the chair of the school’s governors, Peter Nurcombe as well as headteacher Susan Gwyer-Roberts, head girl Abby Cutter and head boy James Taylor with Year 9 pupils Jack Pocock and Rhiannon Pullen. All present were given a tour of the site by representatives of contractor Interserve so they could witness the development of the project.
Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for schools and learning, Councillor Liz Hacket Pain said: “This new school represents hope for the future as well as for the community of Caldicot. I am proud that local contractors, apprentices and others will benefit from the construction of this building and delighted that we have used steel sourced from Britain. I’m very much looking forward to the opening ceremony when we can offer the area’s young people a truly 21st century state of the art facility and a wonderful opportunity to maximise their potential.”
Headteacher of Caldicot School, Susan Gwyer-Roberts added: “Today’s ceremony marks the culmination of a vibrant period of successful stakeholder engagement between the Welsh Government and Monmouthshire County Council to achieve a clear vision for secondary school investment for the 21st century. On behalf of our pupils, staff, parents and governors, we would like to thank all agencies for their support in realising a new build for the community of Caldicot.”