Holywell head’s new role a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’
THE headteacher of a ‘new’ county primary school says he is keen to grasp the “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
Peter Davies has been appointed to the post of headteacher-designate of the new Holywell Primary School, which forms part of the town’s new learning campus set for completion in 2016.
Mr Davies, currently headteacher at Ysgol Y Fron Junior School, described the multi-million-pound primary school as exciting.
It will incorporate Ysgol Perth-y-Terfyn Infant School.
People are also being asked to suggest names for the school which is being built at the campus off Pen-y-Maes Road and will include a new 11-16 secondary school.
Mr Davies said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure that the key beneficiaries to this exciting multi-million pound development will be the children and families in the community of Holywell.
“I look forward to leading the staff, children and the wider community towards the development of this state-of-the-art school, which will provide all children with great opportunities to achieve their potential and excellence.”
In the first instance, Mr Davies’ role will be to bring together the staff and pupils at both Ysgol y Fron Junior School and Ysgol Perth-y-Terfyn Infants School to form the new primary school.
The governors look forward to supporting Mr Davies in the ongoing development of the new school. Andy Cornwell, chairman of the governing body, said: “One of the first tasks that needs to be done is the naming of the new school and we invite members of the public to put forward their ideas to the governing body.
“We would like the suggestions to reflect the local community of Holywell and the name may be either in Welsh or English.”
Suggestions should be sent to either Ysgol Perth-y-Terfyn or Ysgol y Fron at Holywell by June 5.
In the meantime, Mr Davies remains headteacher of Ysgol y Fron while Yvonne Barker continues as headteacher of Ysgol Perth-y-Terfyn.
Pupils take part in ground-breaking ceremony
An official turf-cutting ceremony has taken place at the site of the £30 million Holywell Learning Campus.
This project is being match funded by the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, a unique collaboration with local authorities to create educational communities fit for the 21st Century in Wales.
Work began recently on the site, which will see new primary and secondary schools co-located on the site of the existing High School.
One new primary school will replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn Infants and Ysgol y Fron Junior school and will cater for learners up to the age of 11.
This will be on the same site as the new facility for Holywell High School, which will be built to provide for the education of 11 to 16 year olds.
Pupils from the three schools performed an official turf cutting ceremony on Tuesday 24 February, which was also attended by councillors, officials, representatives of the company building the school, Galliford Try, and from the High School’s feeder schools.
The new schools are due to be open from September 2016 with the existing facilities remaining in use until that time to ensure no disruption for learners.
The proposed new three storey secondary school will have 600 places and the single storey primary school will have 315 places. Primary children and secondary age students will be educated in the latest state of the art accommodation with all modern IT facilities to assist with learning.
Details of the proposals, including a 3D virtual tour, can be found on the Council website.
Schools on schedule
Jane Hutt AM, Welsh Government Minister for Finance and Government Business has visited the site of the new flagship £30 million Holywell Learning Campus where new primary and secondary schools will be co-located on the site of the existing High School.
Construction work began just over a year ago and is progressing well and on schedule. The new schools are due to open from September 2016, with the existing facilities remaining in use until that time to ensure no disruption for learners.
The new primary school recently named Ysgol Maes y Felin, will replace Ysgol Perth y Terfyn Infants and Ysgol y Fron Junior School and will cater for learners up to the age of 11. This will be on the same site as the new facility for Holywell High School, which will be built to provide for the education of 11 to 16 year olds.
The new three storey secondary school will have 600 places and the single storey primary school will have 315 places. Primary children and secondary age students will be educated in the latest state of the art accommodation with all modern IT facilities to assist with learning.
Minister for Finance and Government Business, Jane Hutt said: “We are committed to investing in our children’s education so they have the best opportunities to learn and develop in a new modern and vibrant learning environment. The new Holywell learning campus is a great example of that and I have been pleased to see how the £15.5 million funding we have provided through our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme is delivering the best possible facilities for children in the area.
“It is clear the new state of the art primary and secondary schools here will provide an excellent setting and also make a real difference to the whole community.
“During my visit, I was delighted to be able to announce an immediate capital boost of £23 million for our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme across Wales. In all, despite difficult financial challenges, we are investing over £1.4 billion in the programme to rebuild and refurbish over 150 schools and colleges throughout Wales which will benefit learners for years to come.”
Councillor Chris Bithell, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said:
“This project is being match funded by the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools and Education Programme and I am delighted that the Minister has taken the opportunity to see how well work is progressing on what will be a wonderful modern new facility for children, young people and the wider community.
Jim Parker, Managing Director for Galliford Try Building North West, said:
Jim Parker, Managing Director for Galliford Try Building North West, said: “Holywell Learning Campus is a flagship construction project for North Wales that is providing real benefits for local people, in terms of jobs, training and investment in the local economy. The partnership between all the stakeholders has been a real stand-out feature of this project so far, and we look forward to building on those excellent working relationships to deliver the high quality school facilities that the children of Holywell deserve.”