In July, Morgan Sindall Construction broke ground on the King Henry VIII site, with plans of making progress over the summer holidays.
We’re happy to be moving forward with this fantastic project this week!@morgansindallc have now broken ground on the KHS site, with plans of working extremely hard over the summer holidays.
Follow us for updates ✅ pic.twitter.com/ik0G2WX4Qa
— MCC Sustainable Communities for Learning (@21st_CentSchool) July 28, 2022
We've broken ground on the £61m all-through school in Abergavenny in Wales. The rebuild will replace the existing King Henry VIII High School and combine it with the Deri View Primary School to create a single 1,900 place school for 3 to 19-year-olds.https://t.co/feq2XzTEzo pic.twitter.com/Ifzk8vZZ5m
— Morgan Sindall Construction (@morgansindallc) August 2, 2022
At the Full Council meeting held on 23rd June, Monmouthshire County Council’s Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme received the third and final green light regarding Abergavenny’s proposed all-through 3-19 school, set to open its doors in 2024.
Approval was granted to the inclusion of the new Abergavenny School on the Council’s Capital Programme. This followed the successful application for planning permission agreed on 8th June, and the Full Business Case being approved by Welsh Government in April 2022.
Monmouthshire County Council’s @21st_CentSchool received the third and final green light regarding Abergavenny’s proposed all-through 3-19 school, set to open its doors in 2024.
— Monmouthshire (@MonmouthshireCC) June 24, 2022
At the beginning of June, planning consent gave the green light to Abergavenny’s proposed all-through school.
We are delighted to have had planning permission granted for the development of Abergavenny School in Monmouthshire.
A huge thank you for the tireless efforts and tenacity of the project team.
— Rio Architects Ltd. (@RioArchitects) June 13, 2022
Abergavenny’s students are at the heart of plans for our proposed all-through school. Pupils have been heavily involved in recent consultation events that are shaping plans for the school, which is scheduled to open its doors in 2024.
Monmouthshire’s Sustainable Communities for Learning Team have been consulting with staff and pupils at King Henry VIII secondary and Deri View primary school regarding the proposed all-through 3-19 school in Abergavenny.
— Monmouthshire (@MonmouthshireCC) May 22, 2022
During consultations with School Councils from both King Henry VIII and Deri View, we have listened carefully to what pupils’ ‘perfect classroom’ looks like, as well as how indoor and outdoor learning experiences can be maximised. The Student Councils have led consultations in their forms and year groups, ensuring hundreds of experts have had their voices heard.
Later on in March, we held student consultations with student councils from King Henry VIII School and future students of the new all-through 3-19 school from Deri View primary school.
This morning, we are talking with @DeriViewPrimary pupils, listening to what they want in their new 3-19 all-through school.
There are some fantastic ideas going around the groups! pic.twitter.com/4J9p4C5CVg
— MCC Sustainable Communities for Learning (@21st_CentSchool) March 24, 2022
These sessions are crucial in this part of the planning process, as we were able to find out what constructive ideas students had that would shape what makes a perfect classroom, find out what pupils want their outdoor spaces to look like, and gain their honest thoughts and opinions on our progress so far.
A fantastic day talking with school councils from @KingHenrySchool.
Today, we updated different year group’s school councils on what we have changed due to their ideas. pic.twitter.com/CXvdxWHJgO
— MCC Sustainable Communities for Learning (@21st_CentSchool) March 23, 2022
School Leaders and teachers in King Henry VIII and Deri View schools have been central in informing the developing design of our new school. Their expertise has informed the design of inclusive and exciting learning spaces to meet the needs of the new curriculum in Wales and also recent ALN reforms.
— Tim Bird (@TimBirdschools) March 9, 2022
So inspiring to hear how Tonyrefail Community School students talk in detail about their school, and how they feel their Middle School in particular has provided them with new opportunities to enjoy learning and make progress.
— Tim Bird (@TimBirdschools) March 14, 2022
— Tim Bird (@TimBirdschools) February 11, 2022
This month, Sustainable Communities for Learning Advisor, Tim Bird, led a visit of MCC Children & Young People (CYP) and King Henry and Deri View schools to Ysgol Pen Rhos in Llanelli to look at learning and well-being in a wonderful new learning environment.
Januray 19th saw the Cabinet agreeing to the next stage of the process in creating a 3-19 school in Abergavenny.
The Chief Executive of Monmouthshire County Council, Paul Matthews, took to Twitter to exclaim his excitement about these developments:
Local Government never stops-M’shire Cabinet today
👉launched 2022/23 budget consultation
👉moved forward with new build 3-19 school for Abergavenny
👉master-plan agreement for Usk & Woodside
👉approved Welsh Education Strategic Plan setting out new primary & secondary provision
— Paul Matthews (@PaulMatthews67) January 19, 2022
Similarly, Chief Officer for Children & Young People, Will McLean, took to Twitter to show the importance of this project:
An important day for education and the Welsh language today in @MonmouthshireCC
Cabinet have agreed the next stage of the process to create a 3-19 school in Abergavenny and have approved the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan that will grow our provision over the next 10 years.
— Will McLean (@willmc21) January 19, 2022
Design ideas from the planning website can be downloaded below.
Monmouthshire County Council are passionate about gaining thoughts from the community, as well as wider stakeholders.
During our community consultations, we have managed to speak with stakeholders who have given their honest thoughts on the plans set out for the construction of a 3-19 all-through school in Abergavenny.
Will McLean, Chief Officer for Children & Young People, expressed why these community consultations are an important tool during this process:
This public consultation exhibition took places in @KingHenrySchool, with there being another public consultation organised for @DeriViewSchool to maximise reach on feedback. Officers from the Council, and members of the Development Team, were at hand to answer any queries any stakeholder may have had.
Please check back to this page for any further updates on where and when the next community consultation will be taking place (our FAQs page may be able help with any questions you have).
As part of COP26, the Eco Council met with engineers to learn how a carbon zero school is designed, built and operated.
Staff at King Henry School and Deri View school explored what they considered to be the perfect classroom and how they felt their students learnt best.
Department teams researched what made effective learning in their subject, and how different spaces, inside and outside of the new school could make a big difference to well-being and achievements.
Staff feedback has been imperative in helping to shape department-specific learning environments that best suit their student’s style of learning.
School Council consultation
During September, students and staff were busy consulting with architects, designers, engineers and members of the Monmouthshire County Council 21st Century Schools team on plans for our new 3-19 school.
Tim Bird, 21st Century Schools Advisor, consulted with School Councils from both King Henry School and Deri View School. Termly visits will take place to update pupils on what changes have been made as a result of their important input during these consultations.
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