Exciting progress on the site of Monmouthshire County Council’s new comprehensive school for Monmouth has become evident as the construction enters a crucial phase.  The main frame consisting entirely of British steel is being erected and follows impressive site engineering and logistics to prepare for the new secondary school, which will replace the existing provision for the area’s 11 to 18 year olds.

 The new £47m secondary school is on schedule and will be ready for occupation at the start of September 2018.  The new school is constructed under the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme – jointly funded by the Welsh Government and the county council – and is part of an agenda that has already delivered a new primary school for Raglan as well as the new secondary school in Caldicot.  This will be ready at the start of the new academic year this September.

 Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for Children and Young People, Councillor Richard John said: “I’m delighted to witness such great progress as we look forward to the launch of this state of the art learning facility for Monmouth and the surrounding area.”

 Richard added: “The 21st Century Schools Programme is not just about bricks and mortar – it’s more than that.  It’s also about adding value to the local community and economy through its Community Benefits Programme.  Our contracting partner, Interserve Construction PLC, is working together with the council, members of the local community and the school to identify opportunities through the programme which include local projects and apprenticeships as well as training and vocational opportunities.”

 For more information on the 21st Century Schools and Education Community Benefits Programme log onto: http://21stcenturyschools.org/guidance/community-benefits/?lang=en