Monmouthshire County Council has embarked on a major investment programme through the delivery of its 21st Century Schools strategy. This is an ‘all schools’ strategy which is designed to deliver sustainable, inclusive and meaningful change to teaching and learning throughout Monmouthshire, encouraging whole communities to reach their full potential and provide all with better life chances.
Sarah McGuinness, Chief Officer for Children and Young People commented that “this really is an exciting time for the whole of Monmouthshire, this programme delivers not only modern teaching and learning environments for our students but provides a civic asset that can benefit the whole community it serves in many ways”.
The first wave of this major £80.0m capital programme will deliver a new secondary school for Caldicot in 2017 on the site of the existing school and positioned at the heart of the community it serves. The proposed new school will provide a number of state of the art inspirational and digitally enriched educational settings which will meet the needs of all our learners.
Headteacher of Caldicot, Susan Gwyer-Roberts is delighted with the confirmation of this investment in the school by the Welsh Government. She said: “This will allow us to develop even further enhanced learning opportunities for our pupils while promoting the vision and national priorities for education in Wales.”
The new school, which received planning approval last year, was designed with our chosen contractor, Interserve in collaboration with Monmouthshire County Council, the schools team, students and key stakeholders within the community. It is envisaged that work on building the new school will commence in the summer of 2015 with the completion of the new school building in 2017. Drawings and images of the design for the new school are displayed below.
- Detailed planning of the enabling works for the both schools is continuing, Caldicot School has complex service diversions. A lot to do to start on site in the summer.