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 Monmouth 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.
Tim Bird, Deputy Headteacher at Monmouth Comprehensive, also commented: “We are delighted that the Welsh Government is investing in the future of young people in Monmouth and its surrounding area for generations to come. As a community we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to design learning environments that match the aspirations and abilities of our inspiring young people.”
The new school, which has secured planning approval, was designed with our chosen contractor, Interserve in collaboration with Monmouthshire County Council, the schools team, students and key stakeholders within the community.
October / November 2015
The ‘Enabling Works’ have started – this is the phase of works that needs to be completed before any new building work can start.
Here’s a letter that our contractor, Interserve, sent to the school’s neighbours outlining the first stage of works.
Some of the works that will be done over the coming weeks include:
- Forming a new bell-mouth off Old Dixton Road
- Forming suitable HGV & Crane access road to temporary school location off Old Dixton Road
- Widening the all weather pitch gates for pupil muster point
- Forming a temporary construction car park incl. service ducts, lighting etc
- Installing the foundations for the temporary school building
- Installing 34 space car parking off the bus lane
Here are some photos showing early progress:
Update – 25th November 2015
The main haul road is finished allowing access onto all areas of the site. The contractor car park area has been stoned up and appropriate access and walkway provision created.
The foundations for the temporary school building are progressing well.
Update – 15th December 2015
The pad foundations are now complete ready for steel and the erection process has now started.
The car parking off the bus lane is largely complete, with tarmac due in this week
Update – 12th January 2016
More pictures of the Temporary School buildings being installed – the move to this accommodation will happen over Easter
Update – 24th February 2016
Update – 24th March 2016
The works to the top floor of the temporary school have now been completed. Over the coming two weeks,
the second phase of the decant from parts of the existing school into the temporary school will complete so that the temporary school is fully operational after the Easter break.
Update – October 2016
Full Steam Ahead at Monmouth and Caldicot Schools. The project has seen the impact of uncertainty in the construction market and cost inflation which has required an additional financial commitment from both Monmouthshire County Council and Welsh Government. Whilst the Monmouth School ‘Enabling Works’ Phase has been progressing the Project Team has been working away to secure the funding and further the design development. The Council approved the additional money on the 20th October and Councillor Liz Hacket Pain, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for schools and learning had this to say:
“I am so pleased that council recognised the importance of this further investment in our schools.
“I was moved by a letter from Caldicot pupils thanking the council for involving them in the design of the school and our belief in their future.
“This is a very significant economic programme for South East Wales and an important vote of confidence in the local economy as over 85% of contract value has been awarded to firms within 40 miles and 70% of the workforce live in Wales.
“This is extremely good news for the county as a whole and Monmouth in particular as the town gains a new school and swimming pool.”
The Monmouth School site looks dramatically different now that several buildings have been demolished and the New Year period will see the new building taking shape.
Diweddariad – Hydref 2016
Ymlaen yn Ddioed yn Ysgolion Trefynwy a Chil-y-Coed. Mae’r prosiect hwn wedi dioddef effeithiau’r ansicrwydd a welir yn y farchnad adeiladu, a’r chwyddiant costau sydd wedi golygu gofyn ymrwymiad cyllidol ychwanegol gan Gyngor Sir Fynwy a Llywodraeth Cymru. Tra bod Cam y ‘Gwaith Galluogi’ wedi symud ymlaen yn Ysgol Trefynwy, mae Tîm y Prosiect wedi bod wrthi’n gweithio at sicrhau’r cyllid ac yn canlyn arni â’r gwaith dylunio. Cymeradwyodd y Cyngor yr arian ychwanegol ar yr 20fed o Hydref a dywedodd y Cynghorydd Liz Hacket Pain, aelod cabinet Sir Fynwy dros ysgolion ac addysg:
“Rwyf mor hapus fod y Cyngor wedi cydnabod pwysigrwydd y buddsoddiad pellach hwn yn ein hysgolion.
“Fe’m cynhyrfwyd i’n fawr gan lythyr oddi wrth ddisgyblion Cil-y-Coed yn diolch i’r Cyngor am iddo roi rhan iddynt yn y broses o ddylunio’r ysgol, ac am ein ffydd yn eu dyfodol.
“Mae’r rhaglen economaidd hon yn un arwyddocaol iawn i Dde Ddwyrain Cymru ac yn bleidlais sylweddol o hyder yn yr ecónomi leol, gan fod mwy nag 85% o werth y contractiau wedi cael ei ddyfarnu i gwmnïau sydd o fewn 40 milltir ac mae 70% o’r gweithlu’n byw yng Nghymru.
“Mae hyn yn newydd ardderchog i’r Sir i gyd, ac i Drefynwy yn enwedig, gan fod y dref ar ei hennill o gael ysgol newydd a phwll nofio.”
Mae golwg dra gwahanol ar safle Ysgol Trefynwy bellach ers i nifer o adeiladau gael eu dymchwel, ac o’r Flwyddyn Newydd ymlaen fe welir yr adeilad newydd yn dechrau ymffurfio.
Update – January 2017
Here comes the new school building: Piling has commenced at Monmouth Comprehensive, new school plateau being formed using the recycled old school buildings and reinforced soil.
Diweddariad – Ionawr 2017
Mae adeilad yr ysgol newydd ar ei ffordd : mae’r gwaith stancio wedi dechrau yn Ysgol Gyfun Trefynwy, gyda llwyfandir ysgol newydd yn cael ei ffurfio yn defnyddio hen adeiladau ysgol wedi eu hailgylchu a phridd wedi ei gyfnerthu.