Oak Field Primary School celebrates day one of construction
Published 17 March 2015
Oak Field Primary School pupils invited Cllr Chris Elmore, cabinet member for schools, to a turf cutting ceremony on 13 March to celebrate the beginning of construction work on the school’s new building.
Oak Field Primary School and Ysgol Gwaun Y Nant currently occupy separate parts of the same site in Barry. The £3.7m redevelopment which is now underway will first see the English-medium school move into a brand new building. Following the move the buildings that both schools currently share will be extensively renovated to provide a bigger home for the Welsh-medium school.
Councillor Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for children’s services, said: “With this project we are not only providing a first rate English-medium school for a vibrant and close knit community. We are also addressing the need to increase the number of Welsh medium places in Barry by doubling the capacity of a popular school and greatly enhancing its facilities. This is yet another example of the Council’s commitment to improving schools in the Vale.”
Ian Williams, Headteacher at Oak Field, said: “It’s a really exciting time at Oak Field. There is a real buzz around the school. This has been a long time coming and the children and community of Gibbonsdown deserve to have the very best on offer. I look forward to an extremely bright future and continuing to build on all our recent success in a fabulous state-of-the-art school. I can’t wait.”
Chair of Governors, Gill Munro, said: “I can already see that the school is going from strength to strength. The new building will enhance the education of the children, which is our prime objective, and will provide the community with a school that delivers for the needs of the children and families and give us something to be proud of.”
The design of the new Oakfield school building mirrors the innovative ‘model school’ design of Ysgol Nant Talwg in Barry which opened in summer 2014 and has been lauded by Welsh Government for its compact and efficient layout.